The net effect is that Romney is, however against his own will it might be, prepared to be smeared as a tax-raiser.
He was arrested multiple times holding a can of spray paint with his hands and mouth “smeared with the stuff.”
Today, the sport is smeared with cowardice and scandal of the reality-show sort.
His accuser was smeared and demeaned, and a star football player was allowed to keep on playing.
Thus when aiming at John Kerry, a war hero, he smeared his military record.
Ronald then stripped, and was smeared all over with the ointment, which was then rubbed into him.
His cap had gone, and his fiery red hair was smeared with mud.
Scotty held up his hand, and it was smeared with glistening oil.
When you gave my daughter a fish, you gave it smeared all over with mud.
He drives Mime away and kills the dragon, after which he puts his finger, smeared with the dragon's blood, to his lips.
Old English smerian, smierwan "to anoint or rub with grease, oil, etc.," from Proto-Germanic *smerwjan "to spread grease on" (cf. Old Norse smyrja "to anoint, rub with ointment," Danish smøre, Swedish smörja, Dutch smeren, Old High German smirwen "apply salve, smear," German schmieren "to smear;" Old Norse smör "butter"), from PIE *smeru- "grease" (cf. Greek myron "unguent, balsam," Old Irish smi(u)r "marrow," Old English smeoru "fat, grease, ointment, tallow, lard, suet," Lithuanian smarsas "fat").
Figurative sense of "assault a public reputation with unsubstantiated charges" is from 1879. Related: Smeared; smearing. Smear-word, one used regardless of its literal meaning but invested with invective, is from 1938.
"mark or stain left by smearing," 1610s, from smear (v.). Sense of "small quantity prepared for microscopic examination" is from 1903. Meaning "a quantity of cream cheese, etc., smeared on a bagel" is by 1999, from Yiddish shmir. The earliest noun sense in English is "fat, grease, ointment" (c.1200), from Old English had smeoru "fat, grease," cognate with Middle Dutch smere, Dutch smeer, German Schmer "grease, fat" (Yiddish schmir), Danish smør, Swedish smör "butter."
A sample, as of blood or bacterial cells, spread thinly on a slide and usually stained for microscopic examination or applied to the surface of a culture medium.
Excellent; wonderful • Still chiefly British: I told her she had a smashing figure (1911+)