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Mark or cover with a large number of small spots or patches of colour:‘the designer whose trademark is to bespeckle his dresses with diamonds’
dot, stipple, stud, bestud, fleck, speckle, bespeckle, spot, pepperView synonyms
- ‘Slices of black bread like placemats irregularly bespeckle the dining room floor.’
- ‘He delighted to play at draughts with an albino chief whose light skin was profusely bespeckled with brown blotches and whose eyes were dull blue.’
- ‘Commentators failed to agree on whether her dress was the work of Dior or the Lebanese designer Elie Saab, whose trademark is to bespeckle his dresses with diamonds.’
- ‘Last year in the Czech Republic, Prague was bespeckled with ads for a new hypermarket called Cesky Sen (Czech Dream).’
- ‘Have you so quickly forgotten those boys at the mews, of not enough years even for hairs to bespeckle their chins?’
- ‘We parked a block away, ran up to the lawn, and proceeded to bespeckle their lawn with plastic cutlery.’
- ‘He's bespeckled in piercings, he's wearing a spiked dog collar, a leather jacket and, to top it off, he's been injured in a skating accident!’
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