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The word Tar Heel (or, Tarheel) is the nickname given to someone who is a native or resident of North Carolina, the Tar Heel State.

The term allegedly comes from the Colonial Era in which tar was one of North Carolina's major products. It came from the workers who walked through the forrest accumulating the tar on their shoes.

A more colorful explanation comes from the Civil War in which North Carolinian soldiers were abandoned by other retreating soldiers to fight alone. Upon returning to the retreaters, the "Tar Heel Boys" told the other soldiers, "Next time we'll put tar on your heels to make them stick," insinuating that they won't be able to flee.
"God bless the Tar Heel boys," General Robert E. Lee exclaimed, on hearing the story.
by Giskard July 13, 2004
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tarheel is a term used to describe someone from North Carolina. The name originated in the civil war era when a union general remarked that the NC rebels must have tar on their heels because they stick to their lines and don't run no matter how intense the battle becomes.
I would hate to fight an army from NC because according to the tarheel legend you can't beat them without totally destroying them.
by saharadryhumor January 10, 2015
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An occupant of UNC-Chapel hill. A fairly smart, pretentious hick. Someone who probably couldn't make it in to Duke.
My brother hates when Duke wins, because he is a Tar Heel
by prole guy March 01, 2005
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Faggot polesmokers who worship the queerest color under the sun and swear it's a virtue. To wit: "God must love Carolina, he made the sky Tarheel Blue." Fucking Biff and Buffy wannabe East Coast effeminate types who routinely switch gender roles in twisted rituals involving strap-ons. Often preceded with the word "fucking".
by Muck November 03, 2004
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