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spread-eagle

verb spread-ea·gle \ ˈspred-ˌē-gəl \

Definition of spread-eagle

spread-eagled; spread-eagling \-ˌē-g(ə-)liŋ\
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


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spread-eagle

adjective

Definition of spread-eagle

: 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.


spread eagle

noun

Definition of spread eagle

1 : a representation of an eagle with wings raised and legs extended
2 : something resembling or suggestive of a spread eagle; specifically : a skating figure executed with the skates heel to heel in a straight line

First Known Use of spread eagle

1550


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