verb (used with object), tarred, tar·ring.
- 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.
Origin of tar1
Origin of tar2
Synonyms for tar
Related Words for tarheroin, opiate, drug, poppy, morphine, sidewalk, road, asphalt, cadet, marine, pilot, boater, diver, adhesive, plaster, mud, sand, paste, wax, assail
Examples from the Web for tar
Contemporary Examples of tar
The State Department found that with high oil prices, the tar sands would be mined for oil, pipeline or no.
Pulling oil from the tar sands is costly, even more so when you tack transportation costs on top.
Therefore, we should—you guessed it—develop the Canadian tar sands and build the Keystone pipeline.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
It would transport bitumen and liquefied natural gas drawn from the tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast, mainly in Texas.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL
November 15, 2014
The sun is setting as we pass over the open mines of the tar sands.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
Historical Examples of tar
The tar and feather proposal seemed to meet with general favor.Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout
The salts and more active spirits of tar are got by infusion in cold water; but the resinous part is not to be dissolved thereby.
Tar water is strongly recommended, and also the smoking of the dried leaves of stramonium, commonly called the thorn-apple.
Brown paper should never be used with baked dishes; the pitch and tar which it contains will give the meat a smoky bad taste.
"I wonder when they'll learn wisdom and tar the roads," was his comment.Howards End
E. M. Forster
verb tars, tarring or tarred (tr)
Word Origin for tar
Word Origin for tar
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with tar
- tar and feather
- beat the living daylights (tar) out of