tar with the same brush
Define the meaning of the English word tar with the same brush below. Tar with the same brush is a verb. Examples of how to use tar with the same brush in a sentence are shown. Also define these 8 related words and terms: characterize, use, same, undesirable, attribute, unjustly, paint with the same brush, and tar with the same stick.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtaː wɪ‿ðə seɪm ˈbɹʌʃ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈtaɹ wɪ‿ðə seɪm ˈbɹʌʃ/
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- Rhymes: -ʌʃ
- (transitive, figuratively) To characterize (someone or something) using the same undesirable attribute, especially unjustly.
- Synonyms: paint with the same brush, (dated) tar with the same stick
- The C Party have tarred themselves with the same brush as the B Party.
- 1837 June 10, “Debates and Proceedings in Parliament. [The Currency.]”, in The Spectator: A Weekly Journal of News, Politics, Literature, and Science, volume X, number 467, London: Joseph Clayton, […], ISSN 0038-6952, OCLC 642446431, page 534, column 1:
- The merchants of London, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, and Birmingham, were tarred, one and all, with the same brush.
- 1841, Alain René Le Sage [i.e., Alain-René Lesage], “The Subject of which is Inexhaustible”, in Joseph Thomas, transl., Asmodeus; or, The Devil on Two Sticks. […], London: Joseph Thomas, […], OCLC 25033219, page 200:
- We may mark that gentleman with black, at all events, said Leandro Perez. We may indeed, replied the Devil; and you may tar his nearest neighbour with the same brush, while you are about it—an original of an auditor, who, because he keeps a carriage, blushes whenever he is obliged to put his foot into a public vehicle.
- 1864 May – 1865 November, Charles Dickens, “Cut Adrift”, in Our Mutual Friend. […], volume I, London: Chapman and Hall, […], published 1865, OCLC 1016551263, book the first (The Cup and the Lip), page 52:
- They are both tarred with a dirty brush, and I can't have the Fellowships tarred with the same brush.
- 1964 November, D[aniel] S[tephen] Halacy Jr., “Fire Danger: Extreme”, in Harry A. Harchar, editor, Boys’ Life: The Magazine for All Boys, volume LIV, number 11, New Brunswick, N.J.: Boy Scouts of America, OCLC 848277009, part I, page 57, column 1:
- I'd say Marvin is still eating his heart out over what happened. You work for Sanders Aero and so that tars you with the same brush.
- 1988 April 21, Olin B. King, “Statement of Olin B. King, Chairman of the Board, SCI Systems, Inc.”, in U.S. Economic Relations with the Asian Newly Industrialized Countries: Hearing before the Subcommittee on International Finance, Trade and Monetary Policy of the Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, House of Representatives, One-hundredth Congress, Second Session […] (Serial No. 100-57), Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, OCLC 18182630, page 17:
- There are marked differences between them, and it is terribly important that we as a country not tar all of these people with the same brush. They are very, very much different kinds of countries.
- 2008 June 6, Terry Sweetman, “Kevin Rudd’s public service demands nothing new”, in The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Qld.: Queensland Newspapers, ISSN 1322-5235, OCLC 1058787532, archived from the original on 27 June 2013:
- And few would distinguish between state and federal public servants, tarring them with the same brush of disdain.
- 2013, Kim Wheatley, “Coleridge, Jeffrey, and the Edinburgh: Romanticizing ‘Personalities’”, in Romantic Feuds: Transcending the “Age of Personality”, Abingdon, Oxfordshire; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, published 2016, →ISBN, page 63:
Characterize definitionTo depict someone or something a particular way (often negative). (1 of 3 characterize definitions)
Use definitionThe act of using. (1 of 10 use definitions)
Unjustly definitionIn an unjust manner.
Paint With The Same Brush definitionSynonym of
Tar With The Same Stick definitionSynonym of
- “tarred with the same stick (or brush)” under “tar, v.1”, in OED Online
, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2022.
- “tar people with the same brush, phrase”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- “tar someone with the same brush” in the Cambridge English Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- “be/get tarred with the same brush” in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Longman.