What happened with Broadwell will be seen as a smudge on his record.
He held the lamp down and illuminated a smudge of blood like the mark of a boot-sole upon the wooden sill.
Ahead, he could see the smudge of the Black Fleet's smoke on the horizon.
Brown (trying to find something to admire in smudge's painting).
And to-day "the smudge" has grown more than ever ineffective.
Out toward St Cast crept an early pleasure steamer, its smoke trailing behind it like a smudge of brown worsted.
"Come to council," I sent up, while they helped to keep the smudge thick.
Get as much information into the drawing of your lights and shadows as possible; don't be satisfied with a smudge effect.
Come now, Fairy, you needn't wrinkle up that smudge of a nose at me.
In the meantime the alarm and impatience of smudge and his companions, very sensibly increased.
early 15c., smogen "to soil, stain, blacken," of obscure origin. Related: Smudged; smudging. Meaning "make a smoky fire" is from 1860, hence smudge-pot (1903). The noun meaning "a stain, spot, smear" is first attested 1768, from the verb.