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strew (someone or something) with (something)
To cover someone or something with something by sprinkling or scattering it on top of them or it, especially in a messy, haphazard manner. Often used in passive constructions. Everyone in the crowd was strewn with confetti from the parade. He had strewn the room with flower petals to make it more romantic.
strew (something) (all) over (someone or something)
To scatter or spread something over a person, area, or thing, especially in a disorganized, haphazard manner. Often used in passive constructions. Clothes, dirty dishes, and discarded food were strewn all over the house when I came back home. Animals got into our garbage cans and strewed garbage all over our front yard. The wind picked up and began strewing dust over us.
strew (something) on (something)
To scatter or spread something on someone or something, especially in a disorganized, haphazard manner. Often used in passive constructions. Why are there dirty dishes strewn on the countertop like this? The wind picked up and began strewing dust on us.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
strew something (all) over something
to sow or spread something over an area. Clean this place up! You have strewn your clothing all over the place. The wind strewed the leaves over the lawns.
strew something on someone or something
to sow or spread something on someone or something. The wind strewed the dandelion seeds on Fred and his friends. A child went down the aisle, strewing flowers on the white walkway ahead of the bride.
strew something over someone or something
to spread or scatter something over someone or something. The silo explosion strewed the grain over everyone in the vicinity. The explosion strewed wreckage over a two-block area.
strew something with something
to cover something with bits of something. Who strewed the sidewalk with rice and confetti? The yards were strewn with leaves and branches after the storm.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To cover some area or a surface with something scattered or sprinkled: The baker strewed the top of the cake with chopped nuts. The aisle of the church was strewn with rose petals.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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