One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘salt and pepper the potatoes’
season, flavour, spice, spice up
2‘a sprinkle of stars peppered the desert skies’
sprinkle, fleck, intersperse, dot, spot, bespatter, dab, bestud, stipple, pock, freckle, scatter
literary befleck, bestrew
3‘another burst of enemy bullets peppered the tank’
bombard, pelt, shower, rain down on, attack, assail, batter, fire a broadside at, strafe, rake, sweep, enfilade, blitz, hit
archaic cannonade, fusillade
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