strew


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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strew with

v.
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.
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References in classic literature ?
Ten thousand scimitars flash in the sunlight, and thrice ten thousand dancing-girls strew flowers.
He has strewn with misery the paths of others, and he will live to strew with misery the path of this woman by his side.
They who strew the Eternal Path with the greatest amount of brimstone, and who most ruthlessly tread down the flowers and leaves that grow by the wayside, will be voted the most righteous; and they who enlarge with the greatest pertinacity on the difficulty of getting into heaven, will be considered by all true believers certain of going there: though it would be hard to say by what process of reasoning this conclusion is arrived at.
It was not unusual for these running gentry, who carried it with a very high hand, to quarrel in the servants' hall while waiting for their masters and mistresses; and, falling to blows either there or in the street without, to strew the place of skirmish with hair-powder, fragments of bag-wigs, and scattered nosegays.
murmured Sikes, trembling with rage, and drawing the pistol from his pocket; 'Get up, or I'll strew your brains upon the grass.
Mr Swiveller was by that time murmuring in his sleep, 'Strew then, oh strew, a bed of rushes.