Synonyms of 'smattering'
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A dash of something is a small quantity of it which you add when you are preparing food or mixing a drink.
Add a dash of balsamic vinegar.
A modicum of something, especially something that is good or desirable, is a reasonable but not large amount of it.
I like to think I've had a modicum of success.
Thesaurus for smattering from the Collins English Thesaurus
A smattering of something is a very small amount of it.