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spread–eagle

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verb spread–ea·gle \ˈspred-ˌē-gəl\

Definition of spread–eagle

spread–eagled

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spread–eagling

\-ˌē-g(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to execute a spread eagle (as in skating)

  3. 2 :  to stand or move with arms and legs stretched out :  sprawl

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to stretch out into the position of a spread eagle

  6. 2 :  to spread over

First Known Use of spread–eagle

1826


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spread–eagle

adjective spread–ea·gle

Definition of spread–eagle

  1. :  marked by bombast and boastful exaggeration especially of the greatness of the U.S. spread–eagle oratory

Origin and Etymology of spread–eagle

from the spread eagle on the Great Seal of the U.S.

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