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tar1

[tahr] /tɑr/
noun
1.
any of various dark-colored viscid products obtained by the destructive distillation of certain organic substances, as coal or wood.
2.
coal-tar pitch.
3.
smoke solids or components:
cigarette tar.
verb (used with object), tarred, tarring.
4.
to smear or cover with or as if with tar.
adjective
5.
of or characteristic of tar.
6.
covered or smeared with tar; tarred.
Idioms
7.
beat / knock / whale the tar out of, Informal. to beat mercilessly:
The thief had knocked the tar out of the old man and left him for dead.
8.
tar and feather,
  1. to coat (a person) with tar and feathers as a punishment or humiliation.
  2. to punish severely:
    She should be tarred and feathered for what she has done.
9.
tarred with the same brush, possessing the same shortcomings or guilty of the same misdeeds:
The whole family is tarred with the same brush.
Origin of tar1
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English tarr(e), ter(re), Old English teru; cognate with Dutch, German teer, Old Norse tjara; akin to tree; (v.) Middle English terren, Old English tierwian, derivative of the noun
Related forms
nontarred, adjective
untarred, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tarring
Historical Examples
  • With the two bankers, whom tarring shortly ushered in, Hamilton came even more promptly to conclusions.

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck
  • The third process in rope-making, is the tarring of the yarn.

  • Till about 1830 lynching never meant killing; it was applied only to whippings or to tarring and feathering.

    The Southern South Albert Bushnell Hart
  • Various ways have been tried for preparing the yarns for tarring.

  • tarring leaned forward in his chair and fixed his gaze on a bronze statuette.

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck
  • The men left their tarring and caulking under the drying-stages.

    The Harbor Master Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • There shall be no tarring and feathering of women by any man in my employ.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • It's that mongrel chap on The Star who got a tarring from Binkus and his friends.

    In the Days of Poor Richard Irving Bacheller
  • Cleg Kelly had long finished the tarring of the hut at the Summit.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • They made so many converts that some shortsighted people of Hiram thought to stop their work by tarring and feathering them.

    Stories Of Ohio William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for tarring

tar1

/tɑː/
noun
1.
any of various dark viscid substances obtained by the destructive distillation of organic matter such as coal, wood, or peat
2.
another name for coal tar
verb (transitive) tars, tarring, tarred
3.
to coat with tar
4.
tar and feather, to punish by smearing tar and feathers over (someone)
5.
tarred with the same brush, regarded as having the same faults
Derived Forms
tarry, adjective
tarriness, noun
Word Origin
Old English teoru; related to Old Frisian tera, Old Norse tjara, Middle Low German tere tar, Gothic triu tree

tar2

/tɑː/
noun
1.
an informal word for seaman
Word Origin
C17: short for tarpaulin
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Word Origin and History for tarring

tar

n.

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.

v.

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.

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tarring in Science
tar
  (tär)   
  1. A dark, oily, viscous material, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons, produced by the destructive distillation of organic substances such as wood, coal, or peat.

  2. See coal tar.

  3. A solid, sticky substance that remains when tobacco is burned. It accumulates in the lungs of smokers and is considered carcinogenic.


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Slang definitions & phrases for tarring

tar

noun

A sailor

[1676+; fr the tarpaulin garments they made and wore]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with tarring

tar

In addition to the idiom beginning with tar also see: beat the living daylights (tar) out of
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