[ tahr ]
/ tɑr /
any of various dark-colored viscid products obtained by the destructive distillation of certain organic substances, as coal or wood.
smoke solids or components: cigarette tar.
verb (used with object), tarred, tar·ring.
to smear or cover with or as if with tar.
of or characteristic of tar.
covered or smeared with tar; tarred.
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Idioms for tar
- to coat (a person) with tar and feathers as a punishment or humiliation.
- to punish severely: She should be tarred and feathered for what she has done.
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.
tar and feather,
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
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
OTHER WORDS FROM tarnon·tarred, adjectiveun·tarred, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for knock the tar out of (1 of 2)
/ (tɑː) /
any of various dark viscid substances obtained by the destructive distillation of organic matter such as coal, wood, or peat
another name for coal tar
verb tars, tarring or tarred (tr)
to coat with tar
tar and feather to punish by smearing tar and feathers over (someone)
tarred with the same brush regarded as having the same faults
Derived forms of tartarry, adjectivetarriness, noun
Word Origin for tar
Old English teoru; related to Old Frisian tera, Old Norse tjara, Middle Low German tere tar, Gothic triu tree
British Dictionary definitions for knock the tar out of (2 of 2)
/ (tɑː) /
an informal word for seaman
Word Origin for tar
C17: short for tarpaulin
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Scientific definitions for knock the tar out of
[ tär ]
A dark, oily, viscous material, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons, produced by the destructive distillation of organic substances such as wood, coal, or peat.
See coal tar.
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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Idioms and Phrases with knock the tar out of
In addition to the idiom beginning with tar
- tar and feather
- beat the living daylights (tar) out of
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