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daub (something) on(to) (something)

To smear something onto something else. I daubed stain remover onto the spot and then tossed the pants in the washer.
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daub on

To smear something on(to something else). A noun or pronoun can be used between "daub" and "on." I daubed the stain remover on and then tossed the grass-stained pants in the washer. I excused myself to daub on a little bit of makeup before the interview started.
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daub with (something)

To apply or smear a substance (onto something). A noun or pronoun is often used between "daub" and "with." I daubed the spot with stain remover and then tossed the pants in the washer. I'm going to daub the hinges with some grease to make that squeaking stop.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

daub something on(to) something

 and daub something on
to smear or paint something onto something else, The painter daubed a bit of yellow onto the canvas. Daub on a bit of yellow here. She daubed the medicine on.
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daub something with something

to smear or paint something with something sticky, such as paint, grease, makeup, etc. The mechanic daubed the part with grease and put it back where it came from. The end of the chair leg was daubed with glue and set into place.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A spokesperson said: "We are aware of graffiti that has been daubed on street signs and private property in the Stryd y Degwm (Tithebarn Street) area of Caernarfon.
Patrick Noone, licensee at Birkdale's The George pub, discovered the terror slogans had been daubed across his property after a friend tipped him off.
The letters EDL, which stands for the English Defence League - a party which says it is "fed up with Islam" - was daubed on the property's front door.
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