anoint (someone/oneself) with

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anoint (someone/oneself) with

To touch someone or oneself with a liquid (such as oil or water). The phrase often retains its religious connotations. They will anoint my baby with chrism during her baptism today. To alleviate the inflammation in my leg, I have to anoint myself with this special cream every day.
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anoint someone with something

to pour or rub oil on a person's head as an honor or blessing; to put a liquid onto oneself. (Mostly in biblical references.) They anointed the king with oil and praised him greatly. He anointed himself with a menthol rub that was meant to help his cold symptoms.
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IF you were a lady wishing to anoint yourself with perfume 2,000 years ago, you might well have dispensed it from a vessel like the one shown here.
Rub a thin coat of Neroli oil on the candle and the stones or jewellery, then anoint yourself with oil on your pulse points (behind your ears, on your wrists and behind the knees).
Anoint yourself with study oil when studying and doing tests.
Practice, train, anoint yourself with the oil of gladness.