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slather

[slath -er] /ˈslæð ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to spread or apply thickly:
to slather butter on toast.
2.
to spread something thickly on (usually followed by with):
to slather toast with butter.
3.
to spend or use lavishly.
noun
4.
Often, slathers. a generous amount:
slathers of money.
Idioms
5.
open slather, Australian. complete freedom.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20, in sense “to slip, slide”; origin uncertain
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slather

/ˈslæðə/
noun
1.
(usually pl) (informal) a large quantity
2.
(Austral & NZ, slang) open slather, a situation in which there are no restrictions; free-for-all
verb (transitive) (US & Canadian, slang)
3.
to squander or waste
4.
to spread thickly or lavishly
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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slather

v.

"spread liberally," 1847, of uncertain origin. Early 19c. local glossaries from western England have the word with a sense "to slip or slide."

Slather on the manure on all the hoed crops, if you have it; if not buy of your improvident neighbor. ["Genesee Farmer," June 1847]
Sometimes said to be from a dialectal noun meaning "large amount" (usually as plural, slathers), but this is first attested 1855. Related: Slathered; slathering.

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