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smear

2 verb
     
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spread

[transitive always + adverb/preposition] to spread a liquid or soft substance over a surface, especially in a careless or untidy way
smear something with something
His face was smeared with mud.
smear something on/over etc something
Elaine smeared sun tan lotion on her shoulders.
2

tell lies

[transitive] to tell an untrue story about someone important in order to make people lose respect for them - used especially in newspapers:
an attempt to smear the party leadership
3

dirty

[transitive] to put dirty or oily marks on something:
smeared windows
4

ink/paint

[intransitive and transitive] if writing, a picture, or paint smears or is smeared, the ink or paint is accidentally touched and spread across the surface [= smudge]:
Several words were smeared.

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