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slather

[ slath-er ]
/ ˈslæð ər /
Informal.
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verb (used with object)
to spread or apply thickly: to slather butter on toast.
to spread something thickly on (usually followed by with): to slather toast with butter.
to spend or use lavishly.
noun
Often slathers. a generous amount: slathers of money.
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Idioms about slather

    open slather, Australian. complete freedom.

Origin of slather

1810–20, in sense “to slip, slide”; origin uncertain
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How to use slather in a sentence

  • I slather my body in Swedish Beauty Black Diamond cream with “Tingle Tanning Power.”

    My Great Fake Bake Experiment|Daniel Nester|January 6, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • Your young fellers can do nothing except slather a hose round the decks and ask for higher wages.

    Command|William McFee
  • No, sir, there aint sech a slather of folks up here to mix in with, by any count.

British Dictionary definitions for slather

slather
/ (ˈslæðə) /

noun
(usually plural) informal a large quantity
open slather Australian and NZ slang a situation in which there are no restrictions; free-for-all
verb (tr) US and Canadian slang
to squander or waste
to spread thickly or lavishly

Word Origin for slather

C19: of unknown origin
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