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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
v.
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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An inquest into their sudden deaths discovered elderly Barbara was smothered to death by her daughter Griselda after being given sedatives.
I picked up the pillow and smothered him until he was dead.
During the programme, Gosling said he smothered his partner as he was "in terrible, terrible pain".
5 : to cover thickly <The salad was smothered with dressing.>
The South High Community School junior allegedly admitted to police she smothered her son.
Hot Putney is a new rich sauce with the heat of Harissa on the tongue which can be stirred into sauces, stews, or smothered over crispy bread.
THE mother of two girls believed to have been smothered to death by their father has spoken about the pain of losing her "princesses".
AN inquest into the deaths of two girls believed to have been smothered by their father will be opened and adjourned today.
Kenis says the taste of unseasoned larvae is none too pleasing, and that even Zambians seem to like their caterpillars best when fried in palm oil and smothered in tomato sauce and onions.
Carrie Preston, smothered in a Carol Burnettskit version of Doris Day's bouffants, appears to be weirdly channeling Renee Zellweger in Down With Love.
Mrs Peters, who worked as a part-time waitress at Leasowe Golf Club, had been stabbed and Ellen had been smothered.
Geologists have used the magnetic characteristics of rocks and debris excavated from Pompeii to estimate the searing temperatures of the cloud of volcanic ash that suddenly smothered the Italian city in A.D.
Piggy pals are being smothered in suntan lotion to stop them becoming burning bacon.
Wrap it around some hum mus, tabouli salad, tuna salad, or leftover chicken or turkey smothered with lettuce, tomato, onion, and bell peppers.
The trial of a mother accused of murdering two of her babies yesterday heard there was extensive clinical evidence to prove she smothered them.