smear (something) on(to) (something)

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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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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
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A clinical method for bacterial testing was used simultaneously, namely direct smearing onto China blue agar and blood agar plates without preliminary enrichment.
This compote can be used in so many ways, from simply smearing onto a warm croissant to layering up with buttercream and vanilla sponge for a nice summertime cake.