Definition of rug noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rʌɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rʌɡ//
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  1. 1a piece of thick material like a small carpet that is used for covering or decorating part of a floor a hearth rug (= in front of a fireplace) an oriental rug a sheepskin rug A Persian rug covered the polished floor. There were several brightly coloured rugs scattered around. See related entries: Furniture
  2. 2(British English) a piece of thick warm material, like a blanket, that is used for wrapping around your legs to keep warm a travelling rug a tartan rug
  3. 3(informal, especially North American English) = toupee
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting a type of coarse woollen cloth): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian dialect rugga ‘coverlet’, Swedish rugg ‘ruffled hair’; related to rag ‘piece of cloth’. The sense ‘small carpet’ dates from the early 19th cent.Idioms
    pull the rug (out) from under somebody’s feet
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    (informal) to take help or support away from somebody suddenly
    sweep something under the carpet (also US English sweep something under the rug)
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    to try to stop people from finding out about something wrong, illegal, embarrassing, etc. that has happened or that you have done An earlier report, implicating the government, had been conveniently swept under the carpet.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rug