smear (something) on(to) (something)

smear (something) on(to) (something)

To spread or daub some substance on(to someone or something). I came into the kitchen and saw our toddler smearing chocolate on the walls. The warrior smeared war paint on his face to intimidate his foes.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

smear something on(to) someone or something

 and smear something on
to spread or rub something onto someone or something. Judy asked Jeff to smear the sun lotion onto her, and he was very happy to do so. she smeared on the lotion. Jane smeared a little on.
See also: on, smear
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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