|1.||any of various dark viscid substances obtained by the destructive distillation of organic matter such as coal, wood, or peat|
|2.||another name for coal tar|
|—vb , tars, tarring, tarred|
|3.||to coat with tar|
|4.||tar and feather to punish by smearing tar and feathers over (someone)|
|5.||tarred with the same brush regarded as having the same faults|
|[Old English teoru; related to Old Frisian tera, Old Norse tjara, Middle Low German tere tar, Gothic triu tree]|
|tar (tär) Pronunciation Key
tar and feathervi. [from Unix `tar(1)'] To create a transportable archive from a group of files by first sticking them together with `tar(1)' (the Tape ARchiver) and then compressing the result (see compress). The latter action is dubbed `feathering' partly for euphony and (if only for contrived effect) by analogy to what you do with an airplane propeller to decrease wind resistance, or with an oar to reduce water resistance; smaller files, after all, slip through comm links more easily. Compare the more common tarball.
tar and feather
Criticize severely, punish, as in The traditionalists often want to tar and feather those who don't conform. This expression alludes to a former brutal punishment in which a person was smeared with tar and covered with feathers, which then stuck. It was first used as a punishment for theft in the English navy, recorded in the Ordinance of Richard I in 1189, and by the mid-1700s had become mob practice. The figurative usage dates from the mid-1800s.