spread-eagle


1spread–ea·gle

verb \ˈspred-ˌē-gəl\
spread–ea·gledspread–ea·gling \-ˌē-g(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of SPREAD-EAGLE

intransitive verb
1
:  to execute a spread eagle (as in skating)
2
:  to stand or move with arms and legs stretched out :  sprawl
transitive verb
1
:  to stretch out into the position of a spread eagle
2
:  to spread over

First Known Use of SPREAD-EAGLE

1826

2spread–eagle

adjective

Definition of SPREAD-EAGLE

:  marked by bombast and boastful exaggeration especially of the greatness of the United States <spread–eagle oratory>

Origin of SPREAD-EAGLE

from the spread eagle on the Great Seal of the United States
First Known Use: 1858

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