be tarred and feathered

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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
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I ended up looking like I'd been tarred and feathered.
NOT that I'm an advocate of vigilantism, but when I saw the picture of a drug dealer who'd been tarred and feathered on the streets of Belfast, tied to a lamp post and then made to wear a sign that said "I'm a drug dealing scumbag", it occurred to me that while the whole thing looked a bit primitive, I'm fairly sure the man in question won't be dealing drugs in the near future.
Capital Research president Willa Johnson has all but been tarred and feathered, and the independent scholars who conducted the studies--all of whom are affiliated with leading universities--have been vilified.
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