fan out

phrasal verb

fanned out; fanning out; fans out
: to spread apart or to cause (something) to spread apart
The police fanned out across the park in search of the suspect.
He fanned out his fingers.

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“Fan out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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