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.
I first heard the term from fellow conservatives around the time of Dan Rather's tarring and feathering.
The truth is that we humans have a propensity to make titans of ordinary men and women and then comes the equal and opposite reaction of tarring and feathering great man or woman.
Tarring and feathering was a common form of paramilitary justice during the early 1970s.
The practice of tarring and feathering became emblematic of a more boisterous populace and also indicated that Americans had found their own style of rioting and ceased to adopt rioting "styles" from the mother country.
Tarring and feathering is a punishment which has been used since medieval times.
Here, instruments of torture and execution--old European dunking stools and brands, and good old American lethal-injection beds--are precisely rendered in acrylic paint and set against backgrounds of pink and blue Regency stripes, burlap, or orange feathers pasted into thick black gesso to suggest tarring and feathering.