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Splash drops of a liquid substance all over (an object)‘his elegant shoes and trousers were bespattered with mud’
splatter, spatter, splash, speck, fleck, mark, spot, muddy, dirty, soil, smear, stain, sully, bedaub, begrime, befoul, besmirchView synonyms
- ‘He coughed out blood and more blood bespattered us.’
- ‘He was a somewhat diminutive boy, clad in a velvet suit with a lace collar, both of which were plentifully bespattered with mud.’
- ‘Peppered with dry wit and classic understatements, this book is a delight to read and my copy shows it, bespattered with grease and finger marks and bent this way and that as I would literally go to sleep with it.’
- ‘His shirt was bespattered with blood, and it was this that attracted suspicion to him as he stepped from his car.’
- ‘Our journey was very slow, and we were bespattered with mud from head to foot.’
- ‘He sauntered across the lawn to where she stood, a smile splitting his thin face as he saw how bespattered with paint she was.’
- ‘Her hands were red and raw and the front of her tunic was bespattered with water stains and soapsuds, but she still had another pile to go.’
- ‘His steed was bespattered with mud, and his head hung down as if worn by long travelling.’
- ‘This time not only his skirts, but even his hat, was bespattered with mud.’
- ‘He is entirely in black broadclothor rather, at present, black and brown, for he is bespattered with mud from his heels to the crown of his low hat.’
- ‘He is a man of about 35, in a deplorable plight, bespattered with mud and blood and snow, his belt and the strap of his revolver-case keeping together the torn ruins.’
- ‘Already bespattered with mud from head to foot, the Prince halted just long enough to thank the farmer, and then resumed the chase.’
- ‘His car is bespattered with mud.’
- ‘Only in some hollow of a larger tree on the sheltered side may be seen a few scattered leaves of some close-clinging creeper, or the hardy leaves of the tataramoa, bespattered with mud.’
- ‘You were so bespattered with mud that I thought you were some old farmer.’
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