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schmear

or schmeer

[ shmeer ]
/ ʃmɪər /
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noun Slang.

a dab, as of cream cheese, spread on a roll, bagel, or the like.
a number of related things, ideas, etc., resulting in a unified appearance, attitude, plan, or the like (usually used in the phrase the whole schmear).
a bribe.

verb (used with object) Slang.

to spread; smear: Schmear it on the bread.
to bribe.

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Origin of schmear

First recorded in 1930–35 for def. 5, and 1955–60 for def. 4; apparently from Yiddish shmirn “to smear, grease”; compare Middle High German smirwen (German schmieren ); see smear
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British Dictionary definitions for schmear

schmear

schmeer

/ (ʃmɪə) /

noun

US informal a situation, matter, or affair (esp in the phrase the whole schmear)
C20: from Yiddish shmirn to smear or grease
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