schmear

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Yiddish שמיר(shmir, smear, spread); cognate with German schmieren and English smear.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʃmɪə(ɹ)/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)

NounEdit

schmear (plural schmears)

  1. A spread that goes on a bagel.
  2. A batch of things that go together.
  3. An aggregate.

VerbEdit

schmear (third-person singular simple present schmears, present participle schmearing, simple past and past participle schmeared)

  1. To spread something, often a bagel spread.
  2. (slang, transitive) To bribe.
    • 1969, Morris Renek, Siam Miami, page 131:
      "What happened?"
      "Nothing."
      "How could nothing happen if you're not with her? Listen, did you grease that d.j.?"
      "No."
      "You didn't schmear him? You think the world owes you a living?"
    • 2003, Lawrence Block, Small Town, page 638:
      [] I slipped the guy a hundred dollars."
      "You had to schmear him to sell you a patch?"

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