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
Related formsnon·tarred, adjectiveun·tarred, adjective
Definition for tar (2 of 2)
Origin of tar2
Examples from the Web for 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|Jay Michaelson|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jack Holmes|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sun is setting as we pass over the open mines of the tar sands.
But to return to our dialogue: "Excuse me, sir," said the clerk, "did you say your name is spelt with Dar or Tar?"The Cross of Berny|Emile de Girardin
Even this did not waken him, though he thought he was back at the shack by the tar kiln.Ralph Granger's Fortunes|William Perry Brown
The ends of the props or poles are either dipped in tar, or charred, to prevent their rotting.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
By means of this tar paper and some of these broken boards we will start a fire.The Bail Jumper|Robert J. C. Stead
At the same time, some one kindled a fire under a kettle filled with tar, and in a few minutes, they were smearing him with it.Vandemark's Folly|Herbert Quick
British Dictionary definitions for tar (1 of 2)
verb tars, tarring or tarred (tr)
Derived Formstarry, adjectivetarriness, noun
Word Origin for tar
British Dictionary definitions for tar (2 of 2)
Word Origin for tar
Science definitions for tar
Idioms and Phrases with tar
In addition to the idiom beginning with tar
- tar and feather
- beat the living daylights (tar) out of