Definitions for spread-eagle
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a representation of an eagle with outspread wings: used as an emblem of the U.S.
a skating figure performed with the skates touching heel-to-heel in a straight line and the arms outstretched.
Origin of spread eagle:
spread′-ea`gle(adj.; v.)-gled, -gling.
(adj.)having or suggesting the form of a spread eagle.
lying with arms and legs outstretched.
boastful or bombastic, esp. in the display of patriotic pride in the U.S.
(v.t.)to stretch out in a spread-eagle position.
(v.i.)to perform the skating figure of a spread eagle.
Origin of spread-eagle:
an emblem (an eagle with wings and legs spread) on the obverse of the Great Seal of the United States
a skating figure executed with the skates heel to heel in a straight line
with arms and legs stretched out and apart
"lay spread-eagle on the floor"
stretch out completely
"They spread-eagled him across the floor"
"His residences spread-eagle the entire county"
execute a spread eagle on skates, with arms and legs stretched out
stand with arms and legs spread out
spread-eagle, spreadeagle, rout(verb)
To put into a spread-eagle position, with arms and legs extended and spread.
To put one's body in a spread eagle.
With arms and legs extended and spread.
Lying with arms and legs outstretched and separated.
Characterized by a pretentious, boastful, exaggerated style; bombastic.
Origin: From splayed-eagle , splay + eagle
characterized by a pretentious, boastful, exaggerated style; defiantly or extravagantly bombastic; as, a spread-eagle orator; a spread-eagle speech
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