smear(redirected from smearing)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
the whole schmear
All the related elements of something; something in its entirety. Typically used to indicate that something is or will be done completely or fully, without mentioning all of the specifics. I want a traditional wedding, with the cake, the dress—the whole schmear. Our customers can expect the whole schmear—first-class flights, four-star accommodation, and the best restaurants in the entire city.
smear (something) on(to) (something)
To spread or daub some substance on(to someone or something). I came into the kitchen and saw our toddler smearing chocolate on the walls. The warrior smeared war paint on his face to intimidate his foes.
smear (someone or something) with (something)
1. To spread or daub some substance onto someone or something. I came into the kitchen and saw that our toddler had smeared the walls with chocolate. The leader smeared the warriors with paint to intimidate their foes.
2. To damage or attempt to ruin someone's or something's reputation through the perpetuation of claims or rumors about their failures or faults, whether these are true, exaggerated, or falsified. The president's reelection campaign has already begun smearing her opponent. The company argued that its competition had been trying to smear their reputation with false claims about using sweatshop labor in their manufacturing process.
A concentrated and prolonged effort to damage or ruin someone's or some group's reputation through the perpetuation of claims about their failures or faults, whether these are true, exaggerated, or falsified. Generally as a means of persuading a large number of people against him, her, or them, especially in a political election. Primarily heard in US. The local sheriff's slim lead heading into the election quickly evaporated after a vicious smear campaign began targeting his former substance abuse. I think we need to start a smear campaign to slow down the competitor's growth in the market, but no one can know that it's coming from us!
slang Killed in a car accident. I nearly got smeared by a huge truck on the interstate this morning! You need to be more careful crossing the street, or else you'll end up smeared on the pavement.
smear campaign (against someone)
a campaign aimed at damaging someone's reputation by making accusations and spreading rumors. The politician's opponents are engaging in a smear campaign against him. Jack started a smear campaign against Tom so that Tom wouldn't get the manager's job.
smear someone or something with something
1. to spread or rub someone or something with some substance. Bitty smeared Bobby with mud and made him very angry. You should smear that burn with lotion. He smeared himself with grease and ruined his shirt.
2. to damage the reputation of someone or something by spreading serious charges or rumors. He smeared his opponent with all sorts of charges. The speaker smeared the entire city with his criticism.
smear something on(to) someone or somethingand smear something on
to spread or rub something onto someone or something. Judy asked Jeff to smear the sun lotion onto her, and he was very happy to do so. she smeared on the lotion. Jane smeared a little on.
An attempt to ruin a reputation by slander or vilification, as in This press agent is well known for starting smear campaigns against her clients' major competitors . This phrase was first recorded in 1938 and uses smear in the sense of "an attempt to discredit" or "slander."
the whole schmeareverything possible or available; every aspect of something. North American informal
Schmear (also spelled schmeer , shmear , or shmeer ) means ‘bribery’ or ‘flattery’, and comes from the Yiddish verb schmirn meaning ‘grease’ or ‘flatter’.
1970 Lawrence Sanders The Anderson Tapes I want a complete list…Any thing and everything…The whole shmear.
tv. to defeat someone; to outscore someone. They said they would smear us, but we smeared them.
mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. I feel sort of smeared. Maybe I should have drunk less.
the whole schmear(...ʃmɪr)
n. the entire amount; the entire affair. (Based on Yiddish.) I’ll take a hamburger with everything on it—the whole schmear.