When you strew something, you scatter it all over the place. At a wedding, for example, the flower child's job is to strew the path with petals.

One of the scariest parts of The Wizard of Oz is when the winged monkeys pounce on the Scarecrow and strew his insides all over the forest floor. After the clambake, the beach was strewn with empty shells and soda cans.

Definitions of strew

v spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic)

strew toys all over the carpet”
cover by strewing
make a place messy by strewing garbage around
Type of:
distribute, spread
distribute or disperse widely

v cover; be dispersed over

“Dead bodies strewed the ground”
Type of:
cover, spread over
form a cover over

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