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  • ‘I will send you to your master, the devil, with the help of a tar-barrel and a torch!’

    Redgauntlet

  • Ailsie Gourlay was not indeed fool enough to acknowledge a compact with the Evil One, which would have been a swift and ready road to the stake and tar-barrel.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • But the cranes make war with them continually, against which they do most courageously defend themselves; for these little ends of men and dandiprats (whom in Scotland they call whiphandles and knots of a tar-barrel) are commonly very testy and choleric; the physical reason whereof is, because their heart is near their spleen.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • The outer oak, cracked and blistered to the likeness of an ancient tar-barrel, bore an inscription, dim with long years -- 'Fellowship, Freemantle, and Barter' -- and the names were repeated on the doorpost at the entrance.

    Young Mr. Barter's Repentance From "Schwartz" by David Christie Murray

  • Kilroot was a noisy, bulky man, with a whiff of the tar-barrel ever about him and a heart as stout as a ship's biscuit.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • At Biggar in Lanarkshire it was customary to "burn out the old year" with bonfires, while at Burghead in Morayshire a tar-barrel called the

    Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan

  • Not less graphic, it may be said, is the mimicry of his apparent revolution by swinging a burning tar-barrel round a pole.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • “I will send you to your master, the devil, with the help of a tar-barrel and a torch!

    Wandering Willie’s Tale

  • Another thriller involved standing in a flaming tar-barrel until it was entirely consumed around him.

    Miracle Mongers and Their Methods

  • In his clerical dress there was indeed something in him to suggest the tar-barrel; and though on principle he gave five hundred lines to any boy on whose lips he overheard his nickname, at dinner-parties in the precincts he often made little jokes about it.

    Of Human Bondage

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