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Spread-eagle   Listen
spread-eagle  adj.  Characterized by a pretentious, boastful, exaggerated style; defiantly or extravagantly bombastic, especially regarding of the greatness of the U. S.; as, a spread-eagle orator; a spread-eagle speech. (Colloq. & Humorous)

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"Spread-eagle" Quotes from Famous Books

... hard 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" :   crush, spreadeagle, range, straddle, sprawl, rout, stretch, sport, extend, extended, beat

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