smother someone or something with something
1. Lit. to suffocate someone or something with something. The villain tried to smother his victim with a pillow. Fred tried to smother the cat with a plastic bag.
2. Fig. to cover someone or something with something. (An exaggeration.) she smothered him with kisses. Aunt Margaret smothered us with the ruffles on the front of her dress when she hugged us.
smother withor smother in
1. To cover something thickly: The chef smothered the chicken with sauce.
2. To give someone an abundance or surfeit of some sort of affection: The grandparents smothered the children in hugs. I was smothered with affection when I visited my old friends.