In Reply to: Whale the tar out of you posted by Marilyn on May 20, 2008 at 07:06:
: I'm in my 60's. My Dad was born in England, was Welsh, and used the phrase, "I'm going to wail (whale) the tar out of you." Meaning either my sister or I were going to get punished if we didn't stop doing something, or if we were doing something wrong.
Heard that in West Virginia too.