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deface (something) with (something)

To intentionally mar the appearance of something by a particular means. I can't believe that someone defaced our beautiful storefront with graffiti!
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deface something with something

to mutilate or spoil the appearance of something with something. Someone defaced the wall with spray paint. Please don't deface the facilities.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Apparently no one told Dave Ganh that defacing a Community Service form is a federal offense.
How on Earth could they even think of defacing their remarkable jewel in the crown, a building at the very heart of the World heritage site?
threats against his church, obscene phone messages, and the defacing of his church's sign" by local homosexual activists, reported the November 13 issue of The Pathway (a Baptist news journal).
A man was arrested in San Francisco for defacing 607 books, which he variously slashed, cut cats' eyes into, crammed with Christian pamphlets, or, stranger still, stuffed with covers torn from romance novels.
sites in the past, defacing those belonging to the Department of Energy and the U.S.
He shows someone, defacing self for surface, or at least turned toward the ominous and away from being known as "Carmen," in poses so banal they aren't really poses, just quotidian positions someone might find herself striking while getting through any long day, wearing these suggestive things by a man, McQueen, about whom, in these pictures, little is known except how he likes different fabrics to wrong the body or not.
After an investigation, Grizzell was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful use of weapons by a felon, defacing identification marks on a firearm, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting/obstructing a peace officer.
Summary: Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Aug 16 (ANI): The Kolkata Police on Wednesday arrested two people in connection with defacing the newly set up bust of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose with ink.
Members of Anonymous Philippines trooped to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday and called for the release of their member currently in detention and facing charges for defacing the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website last March.
While defacing the homepage of Tameer bank, hacker left following message: It appears that Pakistan hackers are on fire, and they have decided not to leave any bank.
PIA officials lodged a complaint at the Barakhamba Road police station against unidentified people for defacing property and threatening.
Kristian Holmes, 32, and his PS crew friends forced scores of trains out of service by defacing carriages, walls and bridges with tags, in-jokes and caricatures.
The unidentified man who claims to be responsible for defacing a major Mark Rothko painting in London on Sunday is telling reporters that he did it to advance his own art movement.
FIVE teenagers had a brush with the law they won't want to forget after being caught defacing property by scrawling tags on a wall.