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smother (someone or something) with (something)

1. To cover, smear, or spread something thickly or copiously onto someone or something. I looked at him in horror as he smothered his $30 steak with ketchup. My auntie always smothers me with kisses whenever she comes to visit.
2. To use something to suffocate someone or an animal. The nanny has been accused of smothering the child with his own pillow. The dog's going to suffocate itself with that bag?—get it off its head!
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smother someone or something with something

1. Lit. to suffocate someone or something with something. The villain tried to smother his victim with a pillow. Fred tried to smother the cat with a plastic bag.
2. Fig. to cover someone or something with something. (An exaggeration.) she smothered him with kisses. Aunt Margaret smothered us with the ruffles on the front of her dress when she hugged us.
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smother with

or smother in
1. To cover something thickly: The chef smothered the chicken with sauce.
2. To give someone an abundance or surfeit of some sort of affection: The grandparents smothered the children in hugs. I was smothered with affection when I visited my old friends.
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Our objective was to further define characteristics of a spring-seeded smother plant system for corn and soybean, to examine the feasibility of using spring-seeded smother plants for weed control, and to understand and exploit the competitive interactions among weeds, smother plants, and the crop.
Pumping water into a burning coal fire to smother and cool it doesn't often work, either, because mines are voluminous and the rock around them is so fractured that the water doesn't stay in place.
In the second and fourth quarters, we used to smother you.
You would have to either force them up against something in order to cover the nose or mouth, perhaps a wall, or put your hand behind the head and smother with the other.
Williamson County Engineer Gregory Smothers said that the resolution allows for Mach Mining to long wall mine underneath township roads.
Attending the bride as matrons of honor were her sisters, Alecia Smothers McMath and Kara Smothers Penny, and sister of the groom Brandy Stewart Seawright.
When Wynrick Smothers was in high school, he backed up future LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson for a couple of years before getting his shot at starting.
David Bianculli, Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
1 A SECOND-HALF goal from Neil Smothers gave Carmarthen's super league prospects fresh hope as they snatched a surprise victory over their West Wales rivals at Victoria Road.
Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour is a fine survey by a veteran television critic who offers a complete story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour's rise and fall.
The show will be performed at the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University on Thursday; at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center in Santa Clarita on Saturday, and at Wilshire Theatre in L.
If Garcia had been a few decades older, he might have remembered a famous Smothers Brothers comedy music routine in which Tom Smothers described what he did when faced with the same situation.
This monster smothers and stomps on some of the other heavyweights around indisputably.
has announced that Carmen Smothers has been promoted to the position of marketing manager.
We estimated that nearly one-quarter of hospitalized individuals who identified themselves as current alcohol drinkers met standard diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorders," explains NIAA researcher Barbara Smothers.