VERB + SMEAR leave
PREP. ~ of His fingers left a smear of sweat on the wall.
2 lies about an important person
VERB + SMEAR cast The article cast a smear on the Minister for Health.
SMEAR + NOUN campaign, tactic
PREP. ~ against/on campaign smears against the socialist candidate
ADV. liberally She smeared the cream liberally on her face.
PREP. across, on, (all) over, with The child had smeared jam all over her face.
PHRASES heavily smeared with Their faces were heavily smeared with mud.