tar (someone) with the same brush

Definition of tar (someone) with the same brush

  1. :  to think that (someone) has the same bad qualities and deserves the same blame or criticism as another person because of being connected or associated with that person in some way It's a shame that when a few people get caught cheating everyone else gets tarred with the same brush.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a dark brown or black bituminous usually odorous viscous liquid obtained by destructive distillation of organic material (such as wood, coal, or peat)

    :  a substance in some respects resembling tar

    :  a condensable residue present in smoke from burning tobacco that contains combustion by-products (such as resins, acids, phenols, and essential oils)

  1. :  to cover with tar

    :  to defile as if with tar

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  resembling in every relevant respect

    :  being one without addition, change, or discontinuance :  identical

    :  being the one under discussion or already referred to

  1. :  something identical with or similar to another

  1. :  brushwood

    :  scrub vegetation

    :  land covered with scrub vegetation

  1. :  a device composed of bristles typically set into a handle and used especially for sweeping, smoothing, scrubbing, or painting

    :  something resembling a brush: such as

    :  a bushy tail

  1. :  to apply a brush to

    :  to apply with a brush

    :  to remove with passing strokes (as of a brush)

  1. :  a brief encounter or skirmish

  1. :  to move lightly or heedlessly

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a brief usually trivial fact

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