Conservatives like to tar every Democrat as the second coming of Jimmy Carter.
The sun is setting as we pass over the open mines of the tar sands.
Pulling oil from the tar sands is costly, even more so when you tack transportation costs on top.
The engineering company Moretrench is currently testing a 500-feet-deep barrier for tar sands excavation in Alberta.
She tells us how little the federal and provincial governments have done to regulate the tar sands.
The three letters t, r and a mean very different things according to whether they are put together as art, tar or rat.
"You might let me tar the roof of the chicken-coop," begged Wendy.
A group of ex-service men, members of the Brigade, had been hired to seize the prophet and treat him to a tar and feathering.
There is also plenty of hemp for cordage, and tar could be made in abundance.
No,—I think a coat of tar and feathers would be about the thing for Joe; he's the sort of bird to wear that kind of plumage.
a viscous liquid, Old English teoru, teru, literally "the pitch of (certain kinds of) trees," from Proto-Germanic *terwo- (cf. Old Norse tjara, Old Frisian tera, Middle Dutch tar, Dutch teer, German Teer), probably a derivation of *trewo-, from PIE *drew- "tree" (cf. Sanskrit daru "wood;" Lithuanian darva "pine wood;" Greek dory "beam, shaft of a spear," drys "tree, oak;" Gothic triu, Old English treow "tree;" see tree).
Tar baby is from an 1881 "Uncle Remus" story by Joel Chandler Harris. Tarheel for "North Carolina resident" first recorded 1864, probably from the gummy resin of pine woods. Tar water, an infusion of tar in cold water, was popular as a remedy from c.1740 through late 18c.
"sailor," 1670s, probably a special use of tar (n.1), which was a staple for waterproofing aboard old ships (sailors also being jocularly called knights of the tarbrush); or possibly a shortened form of tarpaulin, which was recorded as a nickname for a sailor in 1640s, from the tarpaulin garments they wore.
in tar and feather, 1769. A mob action in U.S. in Revolutionary times and several decades thereafter. Originally it had been imposed by an ordinance of Richard I (1189) as punishment in the navy for theft. Among other applications over the years was its use in 1623 by a bishop on "a party of incontinent friars and nuns" [OED], but not until 1769 was the verbal phrase attested. Related: Tarred; tarring.
[1676+; fr the tarpaulin garments they made and wore]
("Tape ARchive", following ar) Unix's general purpose archive utility and the file format it uses. Tar was originally intended for use with magnetic tape but, though it has several command line options related to tape, it is now used more often for packaging files together on other media, e.g. for distribution via the Internet.
The resulting archive, a "tar file" (humourously, "tarball") is often compressed, using gzip or some other form of compression (see tar and feather).
There is a GNU version of tar called gnutar with several improvements over the standard versions.
Filename extension: .tar
MIME type: unregistered, but commonly application/x-tar
Unix manual page: tar(1).
Compare shar, zip.