be tarred and feathered

be tarred and feathered

1. Literally, to be coated with tar and bird feathers as a form of public punishment and shaming (one that is no longer carried out). The thief was tarred and feathered in the public square before being paraded through the town strapped to a wooden cart.
2. By extension, to be severely criticized, reprimanded, or excoriated, especially in a public and humiliating manner. After this economic collapse, everyone is demanding that the heads of the bank be tarred and feathered, but I'd be willing to bet that they'll just get a slap on the wrist.
See also: and, feathered, tar
References in classic literature ?
As I told you, my going to Court has been as much as our lives are worth, and now we will both be tarred and feathered, and burnt in the public market-place.
And I would risk my life rather than one of those good old royalists should be tarred and feathered.
CORRUPT Greek governments have deceived one and all Bringing about this tragic downfall Deceiving the euro and their own nation The government brought on this panic station The banks have no money and the public no pride The Greek revival will be a long hard ride Facing austerity for many more years Poor Greek folk tell you as they fight back the tears Pocket money for the kids does not now exist And is a long way down the survival list The Greek government have let the nation down They should be tarred and feathered and run out of town Sooner or later we hope all is resolved And with less austerity being involved.
Because he would not join his Rebel neighbours, Caldwell was brought before the local committee which sentenced him to be tarred and feathered.
The chances are I could be tarred and feathered out there.
But the vast majority didn't take part in the shenanigans and shouldn't be tarred and feathered.
If you suggested to people that you revoke SOAR, you'd be tarred and feathered,'' Tapking said.
I realise I could be tarred and feathered by the Dee Estuary Voluntary Wardens, of which I am publicity officer, and which dispenses tender loving care to our feathered chums.