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  • n. A brush used for applying tar


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  • What Portnoy learns is that discarding the respectable conventions of the bourgeoisie and taking up the tarbrush of Bohemia makes it impossible ever to have the life that he yearns for most deeply.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Get the tarbrush out of the way, I always say, so there it is.

    Mumbai Twitter Conspiracy Blues

  • “Sar-púsh” (headcover) also called “Fez” from its old home; and “tarbrush” by the travelling

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Hell had he a bit more of a "touch of the tarbrush" about him he could have played the "Is it cos I is black" card for a huge payout and apology from the Passport Agency.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • The sort of bloke who can bleat on about rights for hours yet thinks that anyone who has a touch of the tarbrush about them should be locked up for 42 days, after all you never know what they might do?

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • Michael had always said that he had a touch of the tarbrush in him.

    Dangerous Lady

  • He had never told me about them, in his determination to be as English as possible, carrying the touching charade so far as to believe that I would be adversely affected by the knowledge of "a touch of the tarbrush."

    An Autobiography

  • I admit there is no stain in our side of the family, but people are malicious and notoriously careless in working out relationships, and — a touch of the tarbrush!

    Police at the Funeral

  • I strongly suspect she has a touch of the tarbrush. '

    Love at Second Sight

  • One day during this summer the groom cleaned and dressed me with such extraordinary care that I thought some new change must be at hand; he trimmed my fetlocks and legs, passed the tarbrush over my hoofs, and even parted my forelock.

    Black Beauty


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