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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 with

1. To smear something onto something else. I daubed the spot with stain remover and then tossed the pants in the washer.
2. To apply a sticky substance to something. I'm going to daub the hinges with some grease to make that squeaking stop.
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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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References in classic literature ?
Whatever befalls me I cannot forbear asking, `Why you daub your faces with black, and how it is you are all blind of one eye?
And the old man turned afresh, with a staring, wondering homage, to the audacious daub on the easel.
There is the same difference between them and the works of an inspired artist as between a sign-post daub and one of your best pictures.
Like the others, it had a daub of asphalt upon its shoulder, and it was only when we saw one of the natives step forward with the air of an owner and give his consent to the beast's slaughter that we understood at last that these great creatures were as much private property as a herd of cattle, and that these symbols which had so perplexed us were nothing more than the marks of the owner.
Philip smiled, for it leaped to one's eyes that the artist in life had produced no more than a wretched daub.
Fraud and robbery are high-sounding words--justified, you think, by a fancied resemblance in some young imp to an idle daub of a dead man's Brother
HELLISH Rig blazes OUTRAGE Diane Wilson daubs her hands with oil
Magenta, blue, and olive green ink frequently come into play, along with daubs of white gouache.
95) swathed with a bland cream sauce appeared to need several daubs of salsa rojo to give it a touch of oomph.
Daubs polled the marketplace before renaming CIMCO.
Using an ink-jet printer, Mallouk and his colleagues laid down hundreds of daubs of different metal combinations on conductive carbon paper.