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Spread-eagle   /sprɛd-ˈigəl/   Listen
Spread-eagle

adjective
1.
With arms and legs stretched out and apart.






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"Spread-eagle" Quotes from Famous Books



... three were in our private geological treasury, Leonard making a spread-eagle of himself in an impossible place on the cliff side, trying to disinter what hope, springing eternal in the human breast, pronounced to be the paddle of a saurian; Aubrey, climbing as high as he durst, directing ...
— The Trial - or, More Links of the Daisy Chain • Charlotte M. Yonge

... poet, was born in his father's house, at the Spread-eagle, in Bread street, Dec. 9, 1608, between six and seven in the morning. His father appears to have been very solicitous about his education; for he was instructed, at first, by private tuition, under the care of Thomas Young, who was afterwards chaplain to the English merchants at Hamburgh, ...
— Lives of the Poets, Vol. 1 • Samuel Johnson

... to mention these innovations on the old ways, so vast and so sudden, without degenerating into rhetoric or bombast. The spread-eagle style comes naturally to an epoch that soars on quick new wing above all the others. We have it in all shapes—- equally startling and true in figures of arithmetic or figures of speech. Any school-boy can tell you, if you give him the dimensions of the Great Pyramid and state thirty-three ...
— Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 17, - No. 97, January, 1876 • Various



Words linked to "Spread-eagle" :   rout, shell, stretch, spreadeagle, sprawl, straddle, vanquish, sport, extend, beat out, trounce, athletics, crush, extended, figure skate, beat, range



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