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spray-on

Able to be applied (onto someone or something) as a mist or aerosol spray. Spray-on sunblock is so much more convenient than the normal kind. Too bad it doesn't work. My girlfriend insists on wearing spray-on tan whenever we go out, which I think looks horribly tacky.

spray on

1. To be able to be applied (onto someone or something) as a mist or aerosol spray. This sunblock simply sprays on, making it easy to keep you and your family protected during the summer.
2. To shoot a stream of some mist or liquid onto someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "spray" and "on." We had to keep spraying on bug repellant the whole time we were camping. It got so hot that we had to spray water on the road to keep the asphalt from melting.
See also: on, spray

spray (something) onto (someone or something)

To shoot a stream of some mist or liquid onto someone or something. My parents kept spraying bug repellant onto us whenever we wanted to go out for a hike. It got so hot that we had to spray water onto the road to keep the asphalt from melting.
See also: spray

spray (someone or something) with (something)

To cover, coat, or soak someone or something with a stream of some mist or liquid. My parents kept spraying us with bug repellant the whole time we were camping. It got so hot that we had to spray the roads with water to keep the asphalt from melting.
See also: spray

spray someone or something with something

to coat someone or something with a mist or stream of liquid. The elephant sprayed us with water. I sprayed the fence with white paint. He sprayed himself with some of the cologne.
See also: spray

spray something onto someone or something

 and spray something on
to direct a mist or stream of a liquid onto someone or something. Danny sprayed cold water onto the boys and cooled them off. Dan sprayed on some cold water. I sprayed the paint on and it dried almost immediately.
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References in classic literature ?
The hours struck clear in the cabin; the nosing bows slapped and scuffled with the seas; the fo'c'sle stovepipe hissed and sputtered as the spray caught it; and the boys slept on, while Disko, Long Jack, Tom Plait, and Uncle Salters, each in turn, stumped aft to look at the wheel, forward to see that the anchor held, or to veer out a little more cable against chafing, with a glance at the dim anchor-light between each round.
She walked under one of the fairy-like gray arches between the trees and looked up at the sprays and tendrils which formed them.
If she had been Ben Weatherstaff she could have told whether the wood was alive by looking at it, but she could only see that there were only gray or brown sprays and branches and none showed any signs of even a tiny leaf-bud anywhere.
They said that farmers should carry out spray after 30 to 35 days of wheat sowing to remove weeds with broad leaves while for removing weeds with sharp-edged leaves farmers should spray after 45 to 50 days.
The 100mm diameter Tempesta hand showers feature up to four spray patterns, including two Rain sprays: Grohe's original Rain spray and its new air-infused RainO2 spray.
This includes a novel spray process for acoustic insulation and a soft-touch aromatic PUR skin technology for aesthetic coverstock.
When incorporated into the company's AutoJet Spray Systems, the sensor helps meat and poultry processors validate their post-lethality interventions.
To use barrel compost, dilute a small handful and stir into water for twenty minutes, then spray on plants and soft.
APPLICATION: The ability to predict the final drop size from spray properties makes it possible to better control the location of the combustion processes and char-bed formation in kraft recovery boilers.
AMEX:NVD) to produce NovaDel's nitroglycerin lingual spray for the treatment of acute angina, under an exclusive five-year contract.
On almost any given day in the southern region, spray planes fly in to destroy the crops of these small farms.
Today, the mental picture of a plasterer in his white work shirt and overalls with plaster residue smeared almost artfully over his studied face planning his next pass, has been replaced by the equally studied faces of tradespersons whose "artistry" with hoses, spray guns and/or trowels is now being seen applying a whole host of special finishes.
Spray the four seal retainer cams and the two rail cams.
McCune, technical leader, Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI), talks about snowballs when providing an analogy for a deposition process known as "cold spray.