spread onto

spread onto (something or some place)

1. To move over and onto something or some place; to be distributed or dispersed onto something or some place. Vines from the neighbor's ivy plant began spreading onto our side of the fence. Contact me as soon as possible if the rash begins to spread onto any other part of your body. The ink spilled and spread onto the other students' desks.
2. To distribute some substance onto the surface of something or some area. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "spread" and "onto." Spread your icing onto the cake with a spatula, trying to make it as even and smooth as possible. I spent the afternoon spreading tar onto the roof .
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spread something onto something

 and spread something on
to distribute a coating of something onto something. Spread the butter onto the bread evenly. Spread on the butter evenly. Donna spread the paint on with a roller.
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Spread onto a baking tray and roast for eight minutes at 160degC until crisp.
Scoop a small amount of plaster out of your tub and spread onto the surface, going from the middle of the damage to the outside edge.
The honey Skinfood Black Sugar Honey Mask PS13, Boots mask smells divine, and its syrupy texture is easy to spread onto skin.
The honey mask smells divine, Skinfood Black Sugar Honey Mask PS13, Boots and its syrupy texture is easy to spread onto skin.
Skinfood Black Sugar Honey Mask, PS13, Boots, smells divine, and its syrupy texture is easy to spread onto skin.
Hundreds of residents living near the Oakey army aviation centre allege toxic chemicals used in firefighting foam have spread onto their land, entering their bloodstream by contaminating groundwater and food sources.
Police are trying to locate a man who set palm trees on fire that spread onto a customs warehouse in Limassol early Friday and damaging goods and cars kept inside.
Manure can be spread onto crop fields as a source of phosphorus, nitrogen, and other nutrients important to plant growth.
The Public Bodies named in this notice have a requirement to purchase de-icing salt to be spread onto roads during their winter maintenance programme period.
Once pancakes begin to bubble, spoon a tablespoon of strawberry spread onto a pancake.
Avocado and tofu could be cubed and given as finger foods or mashed and spread onto bread or crackers.
Most synthetic proteins, however, are toxic to living cells and thus need to be washed off before cell suspensions are spread onto a new plate.
For food safety reasons, we do not allow butter to be stored at room temperature, which is the temperature necessary for butter to be easily spread onto a bagel or pastry,'' said Dunkin' spokeswoman Lindsay Harrington.
Spread onto dehydrator paper and dry until crisp, about 4 hours.