spread onto

spread onto (something or some place)

1. To move over and onto something or some place; to be distributed or dispersed onto something or some place. Vines from the neighbor's ivy plant began spreading onto our side of the fence. Contact me as soon as possible if the rash begins to spread onto any other part of your body. The ink spilled and spread onto the other students' desks.
2. To distribute some substance onto the surface of something or some area. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "spread" and "onto." Spread your icing onto the cake with a spatula, trying to make it as even and smooth as possible. I spent the afternoon spreading tar onto the roof .
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spread something onto something

 and spread something on
to distribute a coating of something onto something. Spread the butter onto the bread evenly. Spread on the butter evenly. Donna spread the paint on with a roller.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Peel 500g sweet potatoes, cut into chunks, spread onto a baking tray and bake for 20 mins, until tender.
Scoop a small amount of plaster out of your tub and spread onto the surface, going from the middle of the damage to the outside edge.
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The honey mask smells divine, Skinfood Black Sugar Honey Mask PS13, Boots and its syrupy texture is easy to spread onto skin.
Skinfood Black Sugar Honey Mask, PS13, Boots, smells divine, and its syrupy texture is easy to spread onto skin.
Hundreds of residents living near the Oakey army aviation centre allege toxic chemicals used in firefighting foam have spread onto their land, entering their bloodstream by contaminating groundwater and food sources.