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How do you Spell: Smused, Smoosed?

As in: "Bill Smused the clients. Warming them up for the spiel from marketing."

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  • The word you're looking for is probably "smooched". ;) – augurar Sep 5 '14 at 4:28
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I'll throw a guess you want schmooze (or shmooze as a spelling variant):

to talk with someone in a friendly way often in order to get some advantage for yourself

(From Merriam Webster)

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    Note that "schmooze" is intransitive: the usage is "Bill schmoozed with the clients, warming them up for the spiel from marketing." – Marthaª Sep 4 '14 at 15:21
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    ... though it looks like Merriam-Webster lists a transitive usage for it, too, but that sounds Totally Wrong to my ear. – Marthaª Sep 4 '14 at 15:23
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    "Schmooze" is not related to "amuse," and the two words' meanings are pretty different. That's why you didn't find it in a list of synonyms for "amuse." – librik Sep 4 '14 at 16:31
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    @Marthaª I hear "schmoozed the client" more often than "schmoozed with the client"...maybe a local preference? – Kristina Lopez Sep 4 '14 at 18:01
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    Is no one going to mention that this is a Yiddishism? – Brian Donovan Nov 29 '14 at 20:18

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