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Definition of tar verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tar

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//tɑː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɑːr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tar
BrE BrE//tɑː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɑːr//
 
he / she / it tars
BrE BrE//tɑːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɑːrz//
 
past simple tarred
BrE BrE//tɑːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɑːrd//
 
past participle tarred
BrE BrE//tɑːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɑːrd//
 
-ing form tarring
BrE BrE//ˈtɑːrɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrɪŋ//
 
 
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  • (tarring, tarred) tar something to cover something with tar a tarred road
  • Word Origin Old English teru, teoru, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch teer, German Teer, and perhaps ultimately to tree.Idioms
    be tarred with the same brush (as somebody)
     
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    to be thought to have the same faults, etc. as somebody else
    tar and feather somebody
     
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    to put tar on somebody then cover them with feathers, as a punishment
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tar