spread onto (something or some place)

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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

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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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It is administered as a lipid-based liquid that spreads onto the intraoral mucosal surfaces and transforms into strongly bioadhesive film, which acts as a physical barrier and protects the painful mucosa in the oral cavity.
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Plantation owners often have locals set fires near their concessions, hoping it spreads onto their land, the Jakarta Post reports.
Likewise, when cities expand their UGBs development spreads onto farms and forests and poisons the natural systems necessary to sustain life.
"Of course, the back pages cover sport, but when the story is this big it spreads onto the news pages at the front as well."
And before you toss the brown bag in the trash compactor, keep in mind how much love mom spreads onto that whole wheat along with the PB&J.
It's a light cream foundation that spreads onto the skin so that you can layer it up or just apply a little for a sheer base.
Most commonly the lesion begins in the comer of the child's mouth and spreads onto the cheeks.