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smear campaign (against someone)

a campaign aimed at damaging someone's reputation by making accusations and spreading rumors. The politician's opponents are engaging in a smear campaign against him. Jack started a smear campaign against Tom so that Tom wouldn't get the manager's job.
See also: campaign, smear

smear someone or something with something

1. to spread or rub someone or something with some substance. Bitty smeared Bobby with mud and made him very angry. You should smear that burn with lotion. He smeared himself with grease and ruined his shirt.
2. to damage the reputation of someone or something by spreading serious charges or rumors. He smeared his opponent with all sorts of charges. The speaker smeared the entire city with his criticism.
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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

smear campaign

An attempt to ruin a reputation by slander or vilification, as in This press agent is well known for starting smear campaigns against her clients' major competitors . This phrase was first recorded in 1938 and uses smear in the sense of "an attempt to discredit" or "slander."
See also: campaign, smear


tv. to defeat someone; to outscore someone. They said they would smear us, but we smeared them.


mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. I feel sort of smeared. Maybe I should have drunk less.
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Tuberculosis is diagnosed on finding acid-fast bacilli (AFB) on direct microscopic examination of sputum smear but this is not a very sensitive technique2 and almost 50% cases with tuberculosis can present with negative results3,4.
If you have any or all of these it is very important to see your doctor, even if your smear test is not due.
Ours was the largest study conducted in KPK on pap smears and shows a very low incidence of positive smears in this ethnic population which when compared to the studies conducted in Punjab showed high rates of CIN6, 7.
However, HPV testing also produced more false-positive results than did Pap smears.
2 + smear grading was most commonly seen followed by 1 + smear grade (Table 1).
Twenty one point four percent of women had a pap smear at least once in their lives (422/1972).
Automated units drive the consistency needed to ensure uniformly made smears meeting quality, safety and turnaround time requirements.
A straightforward change to the public health message women receive that focuses less on sexual activity and more on the long-term health benefits of Pap smear testing may improve health overall and help reduce differences by sexual orientation," said study co-author Alexa Solazzo, a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at Rice University, in a news release.
Tzanck smear was taken from each patient at presentation and stained by Giemsa stain for giant cells and evaluated by histopathologist.
2 After clinical examination, presumptive TB patients are referred for smear microscopy which remains the most important tool for screening and diagnosis3 as it is the best available resource in high-burden settings of developing countries.
The procedure, which is a relatively inexpensive diagnostic method, called Wade's slit and scrape, included skin and nasal smears and is one of the important tools used in the confirmation of leprosy.
6% of patients had negative smears at the end of the second month of treatment and until the end of the third and fourth months, 83.
Conventional Smear Technique: For conventional smear 5 ml of fluid was centrifuged at 2500 rpm for 15 minutes and a minimum of two thin smears were prepared from the sediment.