tar and feather

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tar and feather

(jargon)
(A sick contrivance from the Unix tar command and the Ku Klux Klan torture method) To create a transportable archive from a group of files by first sticking them together with tar (the Tape ARchiver) and then compressing the result. The latter action is dubbed "feathering" (purely for contrived effect) by analogy to what you do with an aeroplane propeller to decrease wind resistance, or with an oar to reduce water resistance; smaller files, after all, slip through comm links more easily.
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Rub-a-Dub-Dub," for any loyal colonists who survived the American Revolution, would inevitably bring to mind the gruesome practice of tarring and feathering the "friends of the king.
The fast-moving Cineopolis, 2007, depicts the tarring and feathering of a projector screen lying on the floor.
Tarring and feathering is a punishment used since medieval times and was used during the Troubles by the IRA.