spread around

spread around

1. To distribute some substance evenly over the surface of something or some area. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "spread" and "all over." Try to spread the icing around as evenly as you can with a spatula. We'll have to use rakes to spread the manure around the whole field.
2. To move across and cover some area; to be distributed or dispersed around (some place). The investigators began spreading around the site of the accident to determine what had happened. The infectious disease spread around the globe faster than anyone had predicted.
3. Of information, to disseminate around (some area or place). News of the CEO's affair spread around the office in a matter of hours. There are rumors spreading around that the government is on the brink of collapse.
4. To disseminate information around (some area or place). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "spread" and "around." She's been spreading gossip around to discredit her rival. Horse-mounted messengers were sent to spread the king's announcement around the region.
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spread someone or something around

to distribute people or things over an area. Spread the good singers around so they can help the others in the choir. Liz spread around the seeds so they would dry.
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spread something around

to distribute news or gossip. Please don't spread this around, but Don ran away from home! Don't spread around that story!
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References in classic literature ?
I know not you men: this gloom and consolation is often spread around me.
The sounds quickly spread around them in every direction.
In the lion-hearted King, the brilliant, but useless character, of a knight of romance, was in a great measure realized and revived; and the personal glory which he acquired by his own deeds of arms, was far more dear to his excited imagination, than that which a course of policy and wisdom would have spread around his government.
And so soon as he had cut off the members with flint and cast them from the land into the surging sea, they were swept away over the main a long time: and a white foam spread around them from the immortal flesh, and in it there grew a maiden.
Large folds of cloth were next drawn out of the vehicle, and after being spread around the whole, were pegged to the earth in such a manner as to form a tolerably capacious and an exceedingly convenient tent.
We went on by a pretty little orchard, where the cherries were nestling among the green leaves and the shadows of the apple-trees were sporting on the grass, to the house itself--a cottage, quite a rustic cottage of doll's rooms; but such a lovely place, so tranquil and so beautiful, with such a rich and smiling country spread around it; with water sparkling away into the distance, here all overhung with summer-growth, there turning a humming mill; at its nearest point glancing through a meadow by the cheerful town, where cricket-players were assembling in bright groups and a flag was flying from a white tent that rippled in the sweet west wind.
The rest of Paris was spread around her in great blocks of shadows.
ISLAMABAD -- According to an alarming research, 'bad' cholesterol helps cancer spread around the body.
Word has spread around his college and now it's starting to spread around mine that I'm a horrible person and I'm the reason my friend and "the love of his life" broke up
DURING my morning constitutional through Hillfield Park in Solihull, I met a couple who were busy clearing up the huge amount of litter that been spread around the handball area off Monkspath Hall Road.
The peppermint porkers, a local favourite since he restarted the tradition in 1988, have spread around the country with online and catalogue sales.
Sky Raider Sometimes in the garden I have found, Grey and white feathers spread around, A predator had come and struck with might, And all that was left were feathers in sight.
Summary: PARIS -- The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says policy makers around the world must "be prepared to face the worst," as the economic impact of Europe's debt crisis threatens to spread around the developed world.
Amercan and Italian researchers identified a mechanism whereby myeloid immune cells enter tumours and accelerate their growth and ability to spread around the body.
Radioactive materials released from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had spread around the entire northern hemisphere in the two weeks following the March 11 quake and tsunami disaster, a Vienna-based international nuclear watchdog said Thursday.