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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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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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He would trespass onto railway sidings at night to daub his graffiti "tag" MIGZ.
Shrimp farmer Diane Wilson, from Texas, who daubed her hands with oil in protest, said the only way to stop future accidents was to make company bosses responsible.
NAZI swastikas were daubed on to every headstone at a Jewish cemetery.
The striped borders of The New Grove of Trees on the Edge of Town and Behind Every Dark Cloud Is Another Dark Cloud have small daubs and smears of paint on them, almost as if they'd been carelessly leaned against another, still-wet painting.
Or she constructs nearly architectural forms in which lively daubs of scuffed impasto energize and compel the painting's imagery (L'Arbre de Phyllis, 1991).
Here Owens explores a full range of textures in the collaged elements and the paint itself: The monkeys' black fur is soak-stained into the canvas like ink into paper, while a spiderweb in the tree and flower petals among the undergrowth below are composed of impastoed daubs of paint.
He could paint thin and flat and thick impasto; make purple daubs glitter like jewels, patches of white paint seem liquid, whole paintings resemble stained glass; seamless transitions, strong variations, and so on.
There is something discreetly mesmerizing about his way of laying on paint: broad slabs of paint that establish the skeleton of landscape; daubs and smears that create the effects of limpid streams, frothy clouds, and murmurousleaves.
His canvases magnify minute portions of a pastoral universe at which he's hurled daubs of paint the color of cow dung.
In their careful "charting" of unconscious fears and desires onto specific daubs of paint, these paintings make a mockery of the supposedly instinctual drives captured in Abstract Expressionist painting.