V n with n
II.9 The 'shower' group
These verbs are concerned with scattering objects or liquids around a place. The prepositional phrase indicates the objects or liquid.Some of the verbs in this group also occur in the pattern V n prep/adv, where the prepositional phrase or adverb indicates where the thing is scattered. Examples of both patterns are I splashed my face with water and I splashed water on my face. The verbs in this meaning group with these two patterns are: spatter, splash, spray, sprinkle, strew (see Chapter 4, Section 1).
pepper (usu passive) shower spatter splash splatter spray sprinkle squirt strew
Outside, the road was peppered with glass.
He will be disfigured for life after being showered with blazing petrol.
A puff of soot coughed from the chimney, splattering the hearth with inky specks.
I would far rather have weeds in my garden than strew the ground with bark or coconut shell chips.