tar and feather (someone)

Definition of tar and feather (someone)

  1. 1 :  to cover (someone) with tar and then with feathers as an old-fashioned punishment

  2. 2 informal :  to punish (someone) very severely If I don't get home in time, Mom will tar and feather me.

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

featherplay
  1. :  any of the light, horny, epidermal outgrowths that form the external covering of the body of birds Feathers include the smaller down feathers and the larger contour and flight feathers. Larger feathers consist of a shaft (rachis) bearing branches (barbs) which bear smaller branches (barbules). These smaller branches bear tiny hook-bearing processes (barbicels) which interlock with the barbules of an adjacent barb to link the barbs into a continuous stiff vane . Down feathers lack barbules, resulting in fluffy feathers which provide insulation below the contour feathers.

    :  plume

    :  the vane of an arrow

  1. :  to furnish (something, such as an arrow) with a feather

    :  to cover, clothe, or adorn with or as if with feathers

    :  to turn (an oar blade) almost horizontal when lifting from the water at the end of a stroke to reduce air resistance

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody


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