bedabble

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bedabble

(bɪˈdæbəl)
vb (tr)
to make wet or damp in such a way as to make dirty or untidy
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Nicholas hardly dared to look out of the window; but he did so, and the very first object that met his eyes was the wretched Smike: so bedabbled with mud and rain, so haggard and worn, and wild, that, but for his garments being such as no scarecrow was ever seen to wear, he might have been doubtful, even then, of his identity.
while his irresolute fingers bedabbled the tears upon his face--up one of the common staircases in the prison to a door on the garret story.
There was even in attendance an Indian chief adorned with head feathers and face bedabbled with paint and with the help of his squaw distributed for a penny a packet which contained a powdered secret root guaranteed to whiten and preserve teeth for a lifetime .
81) Phillip Faulk's composition depicted "the hell of carnage" and "the mangled bedabbled with blood" on the Cedar Mountain battlefield; he testified that "the demonic scream of the death dealing shell" still rang in his ears.