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spread–eagle

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verb spread–ea·gle \ˈspred-ˌē-gəl\

Definition of spread–eagle

spread–eagled

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

1826

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 United States <spread–eagle oratory>

Origin and Etymology of spread–eagle

from the spread eagle on the Great Seal of the United States


First Known Use: 1858


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