any of various dark-colored viscid products obtained by the destructive distillation of certain organic substances, as coal or wood.
smoke solids or components:
to smear or cover with or as if with tar.
of or characteristic of tar.
covered or smeared with tar; tarred.
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,
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.
tarred with the same brush, possessing the same shortcomings or guilty of the same misdeeds:
The whole family is tarred with the same brush.
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 (transitive) tars, tarring, tarred
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
an informal word for seaman
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.
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.
To lose all one’s money, esp in a gambling game: ”It’s tapping me out,” he says
[1940s+ Gambling; perhaps fr having tapped everyone available for a loan and found none]
In addition to the idiom beginning with tar
- Beat time
Mark musical time by beating a drum, clapping, tapping the foot, or a similar means. For example, Even as a baby, Dave always beat time when he heard music. [ Late 1600s ] Historical Examples Captain Eben held an open hymn book back in one hand and beat time with the other. Keziah Coffin Joseph […]
- Beat to it
Get ahead of someone to obtain something, as in There was only enough for one, so Jane ran as fast as she could in order to beat Jerry to it. [ ; c. 1900 ] Also, beat to the draw or punch. React more quickly than someone else. For example, The new salesman tried to […]
- Beat to the ground
beat to the ground adjective phrase (Variations: a frazzle or the socks may replace the ground) Totally exhausted; pooped: Frankie Machine, looking beat to the ground, brushed past (entry form 1940s+; second form 1900s+)
- Beat up
Informal. dilapidated; in poor condition from use: a beat-up old jalopy. the warpwise count of tufts of pile in the warp of carpets. to strike violently or forcefully and repeatedly. to dash against: rain beating the trees. to flutter, flap, or rotate in or against: beating the air with its wings. to sound, as on […]