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 all gamers are tarred with the same brush.
See also: brush, same, tar

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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A MAJOR bookmaker yesterday sought distance from the controversy surrounding the issue of 'sleepers' - the millions of pounds of punters' unclaimed winnings - by insisting they did not want to be 'tarred with the same brush' as their rivals, writes Lee Mottershead.
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.
The loudest denunciations of the Islamists are heard from shocked Muslims, who must never be tarred with the same brush.
They were tarred with the same brush, though the majority were decent kids dressing in what they considered to be smart clothing.
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.
"But there were a lot of players who weren't out at all, so they shouldn't be tarred with the same brush."
They are now tarred with the same brush and both parties will be judged for their actions against the people of this country in next month's local elections.
Some hope - they appear to be all tarred with the same brush. In conclusion, we do not reside in the Yorkshire Dales or a remote village on Dartmoor, but all within the city boundary, so we should expect a far more reasonable attitude.
I find it most objectionable to be tarred with the same brush as greedy, deceitful, scroungers whether they are in Parliament or not.
I amalso fed up of being tarred with the same brush as some of these "kings on Saturday night/b***er-all Sunday morning" town drivers that unfortunately do operate in our city.
So come on, dog owners, do the decent thing and "scoop the poop" before all dog owners get tarred with the same brush.
They know that unless police crack down on the bad eggs, all Muslims will be tarred with the same brush. And no one wants that!
The problem for the millions of animal rights supporters like myself now, is that the public are brainwashed into thinking we are all tarred with the same brush. When the truth is, most of us get our message out peacefully, and though it may take a lot longer to achieve victory, it is the only way true animal rights people will operate.
'Everyone's been tarred with the same brush,' said Brewin Dolphin's Mr Parkinson.
All shares were suddenly tarred with the same brush and the consequence was equity selling on a massive scale.