tar and feather
phrasal to smear (a person) with tar and cover with feathers as a punishment or indignity

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  • tar and feather — ► tar and feather smear with tar and then cover with feathers as a punishment. Main Entry: ↑tar …   English terms dictionary

  • tar and feather — phrasal : to smear (a person) with tar and cover with feathers as a punishment or indignity tarred and feathered them and rode them out of town on a rail * * * tar and feather see under ↑tar1 • • • Main Entry: ↑feather tar and feather To smear… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tar and feather — verb To cover a person in sticky tar, then covered in feathers which stick to the tar. An archaic means of humiliating a person. O, say they, if you talk with a Mormon Elder, you are sure to get worsted; tar and feather them, mob them, and stone… …   Wiktionary

  • tar-and-feather — verb To cover a person in sticky tar, then covered in feathers which stick to the tar. An archaic means of humiliating a person. The villagers had a strong desire to tar and feather Injun Joe and ride him on a rail, for body snatching, but so… …   Wiktionary

  • tar and feather — punish severely The teacher said that she would tar and feather anyone who didn t do their homework …   Idioms and examples

  • tar and feather — smear with tar and then cover with feathers as a punishment. → tar …   English new terms dictionary

  • tar-and-feather — verb smear the body of (someone) with tar and feathers; done in some societies as punishment The thief was tarred and feathered • Hypernyms: ↑punish, ↑penalize, ↑penalise • Entailment: ↑cover …   Useful english dictionary

  • tar and feather — idi to coat (a person) with tar and feathers as a punishment or humiliation …   From formal English to slang

  • tar and feather — {v.} To pour heated tar on and cover with feathers as a punishment. * /In the Old West bad men were sometimes tarred and feathered and driven out of town./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tar and feather — {v.} To pour heated tar on and cover with feathers as a punishment. * /In the Old West bad men were sometimes tarred and feathered and driven out of town./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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