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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Drop one letter from "learn" and you have the equally negative word "earn." The same impairment "learn" smears onto what's supposed to be a generator of enthusiasm applies to "earn." From whom does one earn anything?
The police operation has seen the roofs of churches, schools, electricity sub-stations and industrial premises marked with an invisible Smart Water dye, which smears onto a thief 's clothing and stolen goods to identify them.