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[bih-stroo] /bɪˈstru/
verb (used with object), bestrewed, bestrewed or bestrewn, bestrewing.
to strew or cover (a surface).
to strew or scatter about.
to lie scattered over.
Origin of bestrew
before 1000; Middle English bistrewen, Old English bestrēowian. See be-, strew Unabridged
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  • Brush over with butter and bestrew with sugar, cinnamon, and currants.

  • Without any signs of dizziness or staggering, he walked between the boulders which bestrew the path.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • He kept sending flowers, as if to bestrew the path of his retreat, which was never the path of a return.

    The Pupil Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for bestrew


verb -strews, -strewing, -strewed, -strewn, -strewed
(transitive) to scatter or lie scattered over (a surface)
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Word Origin and History for bestrew

Old English bestreowian; see be- + strew (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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