Definition of schmear in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʃmɪə/
(also schmeer, shmeer, or shmear) North American informal


1An underhand inducement: he knew the schmear was on when the producer invited him to lunch
2A smear or spread: a schmear of low-fat cream cheese
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  • With a barrage of self-deprecating Jewish humor, it gets off to a fast and funny start, but unfortunately, like just a few schmeers of cream cheese for a basketful of bagels, it's all spread pretty thin by the end.
  • Finally, grab a copy, a bagel, a shmear.
  • The speculations have ranged from Joan Baez in particular to his audience in general, with more than a shmear of misogyny in the former case, misanthropy in the latter.


[with object]
Flatter or ingratiate oneself with (someone): he was buying us drinks and schmearing us up


the whole schmear

North American informal Everything possible or available; every aspect of the situation: I’m going for the whole schmear
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  • I can't help feeling that this also brings the things that appall me - the anger, the punitiveness, the blood and suffering and the whole shmeer.
  • Oh, can I have a half a dozen of those and hook my friend up here with the whole shmear - you know, clubs, bats, shoes, glove, shirts, pants.
  • Credit the still-tight bandly playing for keeping the whole shmear from turning into a solipsistic acoustic mess.


1960s: from Yiddish shmirn 'flatter, grease'.

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