stain with

stain (something) with (something)

1. Literally, to permanently ruin or alter the color of something with the application, introduction, or interaction of some substance. I swear to God—if you stain that sofa with chocolate, you will be grounded for a week! We'll need to stain the wooded decking outside with lacquer before it rains.
2. To tarnish, besmirch, or sully something due to some action, situation, occurrence, etc. She stained her bright political career with the financial scandal. My reputation has been stained with the vile calumnies of my enemies.
See also: stain

stain something with something

1. to cause a blemish or blotch on something with something. (Usually an accident.) Judy stained the carpet with some grape juice. You will stain your clothing with that food if you drop any of it.
2. to affect the coloring of something through the use of a chemical stain. (A purposeful act, much the same as painting.) Walter stained the house with a long-lasting reddish stain. We decided to stain the doors with a special varnish rather than paint them.
3. Fig. to injure or blemish someone's reputation. They stained his reputation with their charges. I don't want to do anything that would stain my reputation.
See also: stain
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Blot the stain with cold water and mild detergent, then rinse.
The objective of the present study was to find a viable and non-toxic arbuscular mycorrhizal stain with an ink-acetic acid solution for replacing trypan blue in citrus.
Is filling a basin with water and tackling a stain with soap and good helping of elbow grease a better solution, or is the simplest solution to swing by the dry cleaners?
For a more home-based approach to grass stains, sponge the stain with cool water, then work liquid detergent into the stained area.
Since these composites do not allow penetration of the stain even when weathered, a film-forming semitransparent stain with good abrasion resistance is needed.
Water repellency in a stain with good UV protection is thus probably desirable but not critical to the protection of a wood substrate.
The double stain with MUC4/p53 is shown in Figure 4 as follows: Figure 4, A and B, both MUC4 and p53 immunoreactivity in pancreatic adenocarcinoma; Figure 4, C, pancreatic adenocarcinoma showing staining for p53 and no immunoreactivity with MUC4; and Figure 4, D, pancreatic adenocarcinoma showing staining for MUC4 and no immunoreactivity with p53.
10) PLGAmay stain with glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), but this is usually less consistent than is GFAP staining of pleomorphic adenomas.
Lipstick: Loosen stain with cold cream or glycerine.
For heavier scorching, cover stain with cloth dampened with hydrogen peroxide.
Lipstick: First try to remove the stain with non-flammable stain remover.
Dab a stain with the absorbent pad and cleaning agent and put the soiled garments (along with the dryer cloth) in the dryer bag and then into the dryer.
But the jars' shape and the associated equipment made them suspicious, so they compared the stain with a similar stain in an ancient Egyptian vessel known to have contained wine.
On thick fabrics, spread stain with paste of cornstarch and water.
Although expression of PSA and PAP in prostate carcinoma can be variable, most will stain with either one or the other.