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smear

verb  /smɪər/ us  

smear verb (SPREAD)

[T always + adv/prep] to spread something soft or wet over a surface: Mom smeared peanut butter and grape jelly on bagels for lunch.

smear verb (ACCUSE)

[T] to accuse someone publicly with the intention of harming the person's reputation: He was smeared in the newspapers.

smear

noun [C]  /smɪr/ us  

smear noun [C] (ACCUSATION)

an accusation made publicly with the intention of harming a person’s reputation: Throughout the election he had to contend with smears about his personal life. She was upset by the smear tactics used by her opponents.

smear noun [C] (SPREAD)

a dirty mark on a surface made by something soft or wet: He had a smear of paint on his shirt.
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