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"smear" in British English

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smearverb

uk   /smɪər/  us   /smɪr/

smearnoun [C]

uk   /smɪər/  us   /smɪr/
(Definition of smear from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smear" in American English

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smearverb

 us   /smɪər/
  • smear verb (SPREAD)

[T always + adv/prep] to ​spread something ​soft or ​wet over a ​surface: Mom smeared ​peanutbutter and ​grapejelly 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.

smearnoun [C]

 us   /smɪr/
  • 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 ​personallife. She was ​upset by the smear ​tactics used by her ​opponents.
  • smear noun [C] (SPREAD)

a ​dirtymark on a ​surface made by something ​soft or ​wet: He had a smear of ​paint on his ​shirt.
(Definition of smear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"smear" in Business English

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smearverb [T]

uk   us   /smɪər/
to tell lies about someone or something in ​order to ​harm them: Accusations of ​corruption were nothing but a deliberate attempt to smear the ​company and its ​management.

smearnoun [C]

uk   us   /smɪər/
a lie that is told about a ​person or ​organization in ​order to ​harm their ​reputation: They ​dismissed the stories of ​financialmalpractice as an irrelevant smear.
(Definition of smear from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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