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smear

verb [T]     /smɪər/
SPREAD
to spread a thick liquid or sticky substance over something: His shirt was smeared with paint. He smeared sun cream over his face and neck.Spreading and scattering
SAY
to say unpleasant and untrue things about someone in order to harm them, especially in politicsDamaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
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