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Meaning of TAR AND FEATHER

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  smear the body of (someone) with tar and feathers; done in some societies as punishment; "The thief was tarred and feathered"
 
 See Also: cover, penalise, penalize, punish

 

 

Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

(A sick contrivance from the unix tar command and the Ku Klux Klan torture method) To create a transportable archive from a group of files by first sticking them together with tar (the Tape ARchiver) and then compressing the result. The latter action is dubbed "feathering" (purely for contrived effect) by analogy to what you do with an aeroplane propeller to decrease wind resistance, or with an oar to reduce water resistance; smaller files, after all, slip through comm links more easily.

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