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(feathered) oof-bird

obsolete Something that is a source of money, usually in large quantities. Don't you understand, Father? This crude oil will be our very own feathered oof-bird!

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

feather (one's) nest

To furnish and beautify one's residence. Now that the apartment is officially mine, I can't wait to start feathering my nest!
See also: feather, nest

feather (one's) own nest

To enrich oneself by using one's influence or position, especially by misappropriating money. The CEO was fired following allegations that he was feathering his own nest with donations made to the company's charitable fund. The senator used her political career to feather her own nest.
See also: feather, nest, own

feathered friends

Birds, regardless of type or species. Mark breeds and raises hawks for racing, and his fine feathered friends are among the most valuable in the world. Grampa is out feeding his feathered friends at the park.
See also: feathered, friend

tar and feather

1. Literally, to coat someone with tar and bird feathers as a form of public punishment and shaming (a practice that fell out of use in the early 20th century). The mob tarred and feathered the thief in the public square before parading him through the town strapped to a wooden cart.
2. By extension, to severely criticize, reprimand, or excoriate someone, especially in a public and humiliating manner. Everyone is demanding that the government tar and feather the bank executives behind the scandal, but I'd be willing to bet that all they'll receive is a slap on the wrist.
See also: and, feather, tar
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

tar and feather someone

to punish or humiliate someone by coating them with tar and feathers. The people of the village tarred and feathered the bank robber and chased him out of town. They threatened to tar and feather me if I ever came back into their town.
See also: and, feather, tar
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

tar and feather

Criticize severely, punish, as in The traditionalists often want to tar and feather those who don't conform. This expression alludes to a former brutal punishment in which a person was smeared with tar and covered with feathers, which then stuck. It was first used as a punishment for theft in the English navy, recorded in the Ordinance of Richard I in 1189, and by the mid-1700s had become mob practice. The figurative usage dates from the mid-1800s.
See also: and, feather, tar
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

tar and feather

smear with tar and then cover with feathers as a punishment.
This practice was introduced in Britain in 1189 , when Richard I decreed that it should be the punishment for members of the navy found guilty of theft. It seems to have been intermittently imposed on other wrongdoers in Britain and has sometimes been inflicted on an unpopular or scandalous individual by a mob.
1981 Anthony Price Soldier No More The Russians…wouldn't have cared less if we'd tarred and feathered Nasser and run him out of Suez on a rail.
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our feathered ˈfriends

(informal, humorous) birds: We mustn’t forget to put out food for our feathered friends during the cold winter months.
See also: feathered, friend
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

tar and feather

1. To punish (a person) by covering with tar and feathers.
2. To criticize severely and devastatingly; excoriate.
See also: and, feather, tar
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"This is a really exciting discovery as it represents the first feathered dinosaur specimens found in the Western Hemisphere," said Zelenitsky, assistant professor at the University of Calgary and lead author of the study.
These findings also shed light on the origin of wings and feathered flight, scientists added.
Just check out 64-year-old French fashion icon Isabelle Huppert in a feathered jacket over a sequinned Armani gown, also at the Baftas.
But not so quick!You see, the first time I set my eyes on a feathered shank (feet), I thought to myself, "Any day on my carpet except on a rainy day when it's all mud and slime in the backyard."You see, extra-feathering especially on the shanks of chickens may be charming at first, but it comes with extra responsibility.
According to the Royal Tyrell Museum, dinosaur fossils are commonly found in sandstone around the world, meaning there may be more discoveries of feathered dinosaurs in the near future.
Isolated patches of preserved skin from these animals show scales, not feathers, but the possibility that even they were partly feathered cannot be completely ruled out.
However, it also held surprises: A lot of dinosaurs would have looked really strange because they were completely feathered--like the recently discovered tyrannosaur, which we named Dilong paradoxus, meaning "surprising emperor dragon." It wasn't the first feathered dinosaur discovered, but it was the first tyrannosaur ever found with primitive feathers.
We now question very strongly whether there were any feathered dinosaurs at all.
The owners of Halstead Property and Feathered Nest announced today that they will combine the rental divisions of Halstead Property, LLC and Feathered Nest, a brokerage firm specializing in the renting of residential apartments in Manhattan.
She went for a single feather to offset her exotically pruned hair, while model Eileen Catterson went for a softly feathered flapper effect.
Washington, January 5 ( ANI ): Some feathered dinosaurs used tail plumage to attract mates, much like modern-day peacocks and turkeys, researchers say.
And a feathered ill fossil flap has arisen about whether Archaeopteryx, long touted as the first known bird, was actually a dinosaur with feathers.
These dinos were about 3 feet long and feathered. They even had feathers on their legs and feet.
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Paleontologists (fossil scientists) claim dinosaurs never really went extinct 65 million years ago--they're alive and feathered today ...