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tar 1

1. A dark, oily, viscous material, consisting mainly of hydrocarbons, produced by the destructive distillation of organic substances such as wood, coal, or peat.
2. See coal tar.
3. A solid residue of tobacco smoke containing byproducts of combustion.
tr.v. tarred, tar·ring, tars
To coat with or as if with tar.
tar and feather
1. To punish (a person) by covering with tar and feathers.
2. To criticize severely and devastatingly; excoriate.
tarred with the same brush
Considered or described as having the same faults or bad qualities.

[Middle English, from Old English teru; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]

tar 2

n. Informal
A sailor.

[Possibly short for tarpaulin.]
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1. (Building) having a surface of tar
2. (Civil Engineering) having a surface of tar
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[ˈtɑːrd] adj [road, roof] → goudronné(e)
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Dr Madigele said funds permitting, government could have long tarred the Selokolela/Gasita road but the expensive nature of constructing a bitumen standard road currently at P5.5 million per kilometre remained a challenge.
STREET justice has made an ugly return to Belfast after an alleged drug dealer was tarred and feathered.

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