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1‘the bed had a red blanket on it’
cover, covering, rug, afghan, quilt, eiderdown, duvet
bedcover, bedspread, throw-over
North American throw, spread
South African kaross
archaic coverlet, counterpane
2‘a dense grey blanket of cloud’
covering, layer, cover, coat, coating, film, sheet, carpet, veneer, surface, skin, thickness, overlay, cloak, mantle, veil, pall, shroud, screen, mask, cloud, curtain
1‘a blanket ban on tobacco advertising’
wholesale, across the board, outright, indiscriminate, overall, general, mass, umbrella, inclusive, all-inclusive, all-round, sweeping, total, complete, comprehensive, thorough, extensive, wide-ranging, far-reaching, large-scale, widespread
universal, global, worldwide, international, nationwide, countrywide, coast-to-coast, company-wide
1‘snow blanketed the mountains’
cover, coat, carpet, overlay, overlie, overspread, extend over, cap, top, crown
conceal, obscure, blot out, hide, mask, cloud, cloak, veil, shroud, swathe, envelop, submerge, surround
literary mantle, enshroud
2‘the double glazing blankets the noise a bit’
muffle, deaden, soften, mute, silence, quieten, smother, dampen, damp down, tone down, mask, suppress, reduce, abate, kill
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