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To rub an oily or sticky substance over
Smear a little olive oil over the inside of the salad bowl.”
To make untrue and harmful statements about
“At the press conference, Tsai signed a statement promising not to abuse any person's character, smear anyone's reputation or engage in personal attacks.”
To spread (a substance, especially one that colours or is dirty) across a surface by rubbing
“His face was definitely smeared with oil and grease.”
“All one has to do, they think, is to wear ratty clothes, smear one's face with dirt to look darker, wrap one's arms in red stained gauze, then go begging on the streets, and the money rolls in.”
A mark or streak of a greasy or sticky substance
“He slid down the wall, leaving a smear of blood to mark his trail, he struggled to keep his eyes open as he saw a figure move towards him.”
A false accusation intended to damage someone's reputation
“Prime Minister Tony Blair and his colleagues took Gilligan's report as a serious smear on their reputations.”
A Pap smear
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