I found the phrase “duct-tape together” in the following sentence of a Washington Post (June 21) article written by Chris Cillizza under the title “Gingrich campaign hit by more departures.” The sentence in question is a quote from Newt Gingrich’s former spokesman, R.C. Hammond:
“We are going to duct-tape together one coalition of Americans after another that believes in his large, bold vision of change.”
As it was the first time that I came across ‘duct tape’ being used in verb form, I consulted several dictionaries at hand and online dictionaries to check whether it can be used as a verb or not. None of them shows the usage of ‘duct tape’ as a verb.
For example, Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia simply defines it as
n. duct tape is cloth-or scrim-backed pressure sensitive tape often sealed with polyethylene.
Audio English Net. defines it
a wide silvery adhesive tape intended to seal joints in sheet metal duct work but having many other uses
without any mention as a verb.
Is it normal or taken for granted to use ‘duct tape’ in verb form as quoted in the Washington Post article?