tarred 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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tarred with the same brush

Unfairly judged or categorized 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 the entire company should be tarred the with the same brush. There is absolutely a segment of video game enthusiasts who create a hostile and toxic environment online, but I hate the fact that anyone who enjoys video gamers is tarred with the same brush.
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tarred with the same brush

Fig. sharing the same characteristic(s); having the same good or bad points as someone else. Jack and his brother are tarred with the same brush. They're both crooks. The Smith children are tarred with the same brush. They're all lazy.
See also: brush, same, tar

tarred with the same brush

Having the same faults or bad qualities, as in He may be lazy, but if you ask me his friends are all tarred with the same brush. This term is thought to come from sheep farming, where the animals' sores were treated by brushing tar over them, and all the sheep in a flock were treated in the same way. The term was transferred to likeness in human beings in the early 1800s.
See also: brush, same, tar

tarred with the same brush

Considered or described as having the same faults or bad qualities.
See also: brush, same, tar
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I FEEL I must reply to Cllr Sajaad Khan's claim the present government are heartless, the implication being all in the same party being tarred with the same brush.
It would seem also that every homeless person is tarred with the same brush.
I DO not think it is appropriate for the Muslim community to be tarred with the same brush as this tyrant Osama bin Laden.
Of course, not all companies can be tarred with the same brush, but the sensible option, which Button Legal advocates along with much of the legal profession, is for tighter regulation of the will writing industry to help safeguard the interests of consumers.
Even within 'sink estates' there exist respectable citizens who have no alternative but to live there through no fault of their own, and they too are tarred with the same brush.
Not every councillor should be tarred with the same brush, and there are many who will be as similarly appalled by such behaviour as were the inspectors from the Audit Commission.
No surprise her prettier sister, Pixie, 16, doesn't want to be tarred with the same brush.
The Indian community does not want to be associated with race riots and protests but because society always uses the "Asian" description we are tarred with the same brush.
Now they are being tarred with the same brush as some of the less desirable elements in the community.
Skybet spokesman Dale Tempest said: 'We don't want to be tarred with the same brush as High Street bookmakers on the subject of sleepers.
May, chief executive of the Australian Cricketers' Association, wants to see the introduction of a two-tier system that ensures genuine drug cheats are caught and punished but saves `technical` offenders from being tarred with the same brush.
People seem to think that we are tarred with the same brush as these people who employ or take money from prostitutes.
I believe that a rational investor will conclude that all companies should not be tarred with the same brush and that the results of South Pacific's current drill programs will soon speak for themselves.
The loudest denunciations of the Islamists are heard from shocked Muslims, who must never be tarred with the same brush.
These are the individuals and families who have no intention of working and cause everyone who really does need compassion and help to be tarred with the same brush.