He opened the door with his elbow as his hands were greased/smeared/smudged in/into/with mustard.

Could you please help me with what is possible here? Also, are there better options than "greased", "smeared", and "smudged"?

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I wouldn't suggest any of the above.

Greased suggests that the mustard was intended to enable him to carry out some action with oily hands.

Smeared is possible although it suggests that liberal amounts of mustard had been plastered across his hands, possibly deliberately.

Smudged doesn't work. Writing or images on paper or similar are smudged by water spills or by dirty hands.

Most people would simply say: His hands were covered in mustard. Or He had (a lot of) mustard on his hands.


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