Definition of beat (or whale) the tar out of in English:

beat (or whale) the tar out of

phrase

North American
informal
  • Beat or thrash severely.

    • ‘There's a technique I'm going to show you that will make it sound and look like you two are whaling the tar out of each other, but you'll be unharmed… if you do it correctly.’
    • ‘Throwing a flurry of punches and kicks, he continually beat the tar out of his opponent without breaking a sweat.’
    • ‘He knew how to treat women right, and he was ready to beat the tar out of anyone who didn't.’
    • ‘And I'll remember that he can beat the tar out of me.’
    • ‘They lunged at us with anything that they could grab hold of, and attempting to beat the tar out of us.’
    • ‘He looks exactly like her ex, he used to beat the tar out of her.’
    • ‘And as fun as it is to watch his emotion on the lanes, if I were on the approach listening to him beat the tar out of me, it would be all I could do to keep my composure and not knock those shades fight off his face.’
    • ‘The illusion had worked perfectly, though it'd been hard to keep himself from laughing when he beat the tar out of him.’
    • ‘If anything goes wrong I can beat the tar out of him.’
    • ‘In January of 2002, he fought Vernon Forrest, who beat the tar out of him in their first fight and won convincingly in the rematch six months later.’