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tar and feather

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tar and feather

  1. To cover a person in sticky tar, then covered in feathers which stick to the tar. An archaic means of humiliating a person.
    • 1855George A. Smith, Journal of Discourses, Volume 3 "Preaching the Gospel"
      "O," say they, "if you talk with a Mormon Elder, you are sure to get worsted; tar and feather them, mob them, and stone them out of the country, for if you listen to them, you will be deceived."
    • 1884Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, chapter XIX
      ...they'd be along pretty soon and give me 'bout half an hour's start, and then run me down if they could; and if they got me they'd tar and feather me and ride me on a rail, sure. I didn't wait for no breakfast--I warn't hungry.