Definition of tar and feather in English:

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tar and feather

Smear with tar and then cover with feathers as a punishment.
Example sentences
  • I am not talking about some piffling scheme to tar and feather wrong 'uns, or force them to walk up and down Petergate wearing sandwich boards listing their wrongdoings.
  • In the mid-1750s, people would get so outraged at such injustices they would storm the governor's mansion, tar and feather him, loot his estate and then burn his house down.
  • Whilst my views may represent a certain amount of leftist thought, they are not saying ‘Let's murder the government, lynch the Monarchy and tar and feather local police forces’.
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