tar somebody/something with the same brush

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tar (someone or something) with the same brush

To unfairly categorize someone or something as being the same as another person or thing, usually in a negative manner. Just because the CEO turned out to be a rotten scoundrel doesn't mean we should tar the entire company with the same brush. There is absolutely a segment of video game enthusiasts who create a hostile and toxic environment online, but tarring all gamers with the same brush does a disservice to the community.
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tar somebody/something with the same ˈbrush

judge a whole group of people or things unfairly because of your bad experience with one or a few of them: Because his older brother had been a troublemaker at the school, Paul was automatically tarred with the same brush. It wasn’t fair!
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nospin And it's no good you going on about one party with this sham indignation....they are all at it.....each as bad as the other....and for that reason, justly or not, those who have not milked the system are tar with the same brush as the pigs in the trough.....
I do not give much credence to percentages, and note your attempt, however unconscious, to tar with the same brush all the other towns and cities mentioned.