schmear(redirected from whole schmear)
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schmearalso schmeer or shmear (shmîr)
A portion of cream cheese or another spread, as on a bagel.
The entirety of something; everything.
[Yiddish shmir, smear, smudge, from shmirn, to smear, grease, from Middle High German smiren, from Old High German smirwen.]
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informal US a situation, matter, or affair (esp in the phrase the whole schmear)
[C20: from Yiddish shmirn to smear or grease]
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n., v. schmeared or schmeered, schmear•ing or schmeer•ing. Slang. n.
1. a number of related things, matters, etc.: to go through the whole schmear.
2. a bribe.v.t.
3. to bribe.
[1960–65; appar. < Yiddish shmirn to smear, grease; compare Middle High German smirwen (German schmieren); see smear]
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|Noun||1.||schmear - (Yiddish) a batch of things that go together; "he bought the whole schmeer"|
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
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