The net effect is that Romney is, however against his own will it might be, prepared to be smeared as a tax-raiser.
He was arrested multiple times holding a can of spray paint with his hands and mouth “smeared with the stuff.”
Today, the sport is smeared with cowardice and scandal of the reality-show sort.
His accuser was smeared and demeaned, and a star football player was allowed to keep on playing.
Thus when aiming at John Kerry, a war hero, he smeared his military record.
Ronald then stripped, and was smeared all over with the ointment, which was then rubbed into him.
This they smeared with a paint made by the admixture of camwood and copal gum.
Scotty held up his hand, and it was smeared with glistening oil.
And with it, so smeared as to be utterly out of the struggle, were three of the others.
He drives Mime away and kills the dragon, after which he puts his finger, smeared with the dragon's blood, to his lips.
Old English smerian, smierwan "to anoint or rub with grease, oil, etc.," from Proto-Germanic *smerwjan "to spread grease on" (cf. Old Norse smyrja "to anoint, rub with ointment," Danish smøre, Swedish smörja, Dutch smeren, Old High German smirwen "apply salve, smear," German schmieren "to smear;" Old Norse smör "butter"), from PIE *smeru- "grease" (cf. Greek myron "unguent, balsam," Old Irish smi(u)r "marrow," Old English smeoru "fat, grease, ointment, tallow, lard, suet," Lithuanian smarsas "fat").
Figurative sense of "assault a public reputation with unsubstantiated charges" is from 1879. Related: Smeared; smearing. Smear-word, one used regardless of its literal meaning but invested with invective, is from 1938.
"mark or stain left by smearing," 1610s, from smear (v.). Sense of "small quantity prepared for microscopic examination" is from 1903. Meaning "a quantity of cream cheese, etc., smeared on a bagel" is by 1999, from Yiddish shmir. The earliest noun sense in English is "fat, grease, ointment" (c.1200), from Old English had smeoru "fat, grease," cognate with Middle Dutch smere, Dutch smeer, German Schmer "grease, fat" (Yiddish schmir), Danish smør, Swedish smör "butter."
A sample, as of blood or bacterial cells, spread thinly on a slide and usually stained for microscopic examination or applied to the surface of a culture medium.
: They never stoop to smear tactics
: His whole campaign was a vile smear of the other party's man • The current term is ''negative campaigning'' (1943+)
[revived in the 1930s in the political context]