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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 ?
Clinging precariously, the men descended their side till the spray was flying about them.
There was an incessant slapping and chatter at the bows now, varied by a solid thud and a little spout of spray that clattered down on the fo'c'sle.
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.
LAHORE -- Wheat growers should use certified chemical sprays to remove weeds.
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.
Modular gelcoat system sprays up to 12 colors; mounted on 7-ft-long wheeled chassis, which is easily moved and eliminates costly in-house plumbing.
Another reason parents love it is it sprays at any angle -- even when the bottle is upside-down.
Inyx was selected because of its manufacturing expertise for metered dose sprays in particular and inhalation-therapy products in general.
Instead of chemical sprays, the farmers began preparing sprays made with inexpensive local materials such as neem seed powder and green chilli-garlic extract.
It starts with the even beat of a military helicopter, followed by a plane that sprays a chemical fog.
The index is a relative, not absolute, measure of exposure, says coauthor Steven Stellman; higher scores reflect more gallons being sprayed in an area, being closer to the sprays, and spending a longer time in a sprayed area.
The powder dispersal bell is fed by multiple color lines, mixes the pigments in the atomizer, and sprays a color palette of approximately 160 colors, which can be changed as the paint bell travels around the vehicle.
Half the youngsters received sprays with the bacteria-laced solution; the rest got a bacteria-free spray.
In recent years, oleoresin capsicum (OC) sprays have harnessed the pepper's potent powers and provided a useful tool for the police to use in subduing violent subjects.