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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. © 2022 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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They were also served with a 10- year ASBO banning them from daubing graffiti on property.
His wife said: ``They were freely daubing their names and we didn't say anything to them.
Shirley Park where yobs are making youngsters' lives a misery and daubing graffiti.
SIR - The daubing of Cymuned posters with swastikas doesn't surprise me.
But the gang, described as mindless by detectives, left clues to their identity by daubing two names on the walls at Handsworth Wood Girls School in Church Lane.
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after vandals went on a wrecking spree trashing ornaments and daubing a house with graffiti.
Yesterday at Perth Sheriff Court, Stewart was caged for 60 days after he admitted knocking over eight gravestones and daubing paint on two more.
"They've sprayed all over it, putting glasses on the face and daubing genitalia in places.
Bethell, whose unorthodox cross-examination technique concentrated on asking witnesses what defined art and the delivery of his own thesis on "the greed in art", admitted streaking in Parliament Square and daubing the painting.
Phil Bateman, of bus company Travel West Midlands, welcomed a decision by Solihull magistrates to sentence a teenager to seven days' detention for daubing a bus with graffiti.
ARTIST Andrew Vicari has refused to paint Saddam Hussein - because he is daubing Jonathan Davies.
And as payback for their graffiti rampage, they were forced to wash off the daubings as part of acceptable behaviour agreements drawn up by the Northumbria Youth Offending Team.