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Language: Old English
Origin: strewian


strew past tense strewed, past participle strewn or strewed [transitive usually passive]
1 to scatter things around a large area
be strewn with something
The street was strewn with broken glass.
strew something around/about/over etc something
clothes strewn across the floor

strewn with something

written containing a lot of something:
conversation liberally strewn with swear words
3 literary to lie scattered over something:
Flowers strewed the path.

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