slather

[slath-er] Informal.
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:
1810–20, in sense “to slip, slide”; origin uncertain

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slather (ˈslæðə)
 
n
1.  informal (usually plural) a large quantity
2.  slang (Austral), (NZ) open slather a situation in which there are no restrictions; free-for-all
 
vb
3.  to squander or waste
4.  to spread thickly or lavishly
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

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slather
"spread liberally," 1866 (in Mark Twain), from a noun meaning "large amount" (usually as plural, slathers), first attested 1857; a dialectal word of uncertain origin, perhaps from Ir. sliotar.
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Example sentences
They are raised by loving parents who slather them with praise.
He took the lipstick from her and pretended to slather it on his lips.
We could have made time for the excursion to slather on some warm gray mud.
Season with salt, then slather on toast, crackers or right onto a spoon.
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