Tar

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Not Always LiteralPlay
The word 'tar' can be used metaphorically to suggest something negative or unwanted is hard to remove. SlideHis reputation was tarred by the scandal.
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Negative ConnotationPlay
'Tar' often carries a negative tone, implying messiness or damage. SlideThe pristine beach was marred with blobs of tar.
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Industrial UsePlay
In modern times, 'tar' is commonly associated with road construction and maintenance. SlideWorkers laid down tar to seal the cracks in the highway.