Tea Partiers from Rand Paul to Sharron Angle have been tarred as wingnuts, kooks.
Silkwood was tarred as a discontented employee who contaminated herself to embarrass the company she worked for.
Nicolas Chartier has been tarred and feathered in Hollywood for negative Oscar campaigning.
Is it worth reclaiming a label that has been so tarred by association with right-wing nationalism?
And when you work in the White House, stuff happens, like a Gulf oil spill that, fairly or unfairly, tarred his presidency.
If they'd known you had forsaken a man, you Foe, they'd have tarred and burnt you.
In another five minutes I would have been tarred and feathered.
David was to be ridden out of town on a rail; perhaps tarred and feathered before the ride.
That which has not been tarred, in contradistinction to tarred line.
In the West, he might be tarred and feathered, if not lynched.
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]