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tr.v. be·smeared, be·smear·ing, be·smears
[Middle English bismeorwen, to make filthy, from Old English besmirwan, to besmear : be-, be- + smierwan, to smear.]
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1. to smear over; daub
2. to sully; defile (often in the phrase besmear (a person's) reputation)
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Past participle: besmeared
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|Verb||1.||besmear - spread or daub (a surface) |
cover - provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers"
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1. To spread with a greasy, sticky, or dirty substance:
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