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Spread-eagle   Listen
spread-eagle  v. i.  To assume a spread-eagled position; it may be done reclining, for relaxation, or momentarily, as an exhibitionary maneuver in a sport.

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"Spread-eagle" Quotes from Famous Books

... "He did not spread-eagle that fool," he said to himself, "but let me have the glory of pounding the ugly brute into jelly, and made me go in and win when I was ready to give in to the cad. Why did not Phil give him his cap? There's ...
— Acton's Feud - A Public School Story • Frederick Swainson

... instrument during all those years was a general utility lawyer, Chauncey M. Depew, whose specialty was to hoodwink the public by grandiloquent exhibitions of mellifluent spread-eagle oratory, while bringing the "proper arguments" to bear upon legislators and other public officials. [Footnote: Roscoe Conkling, a noted Republican politician, said of him: "Chauncey Depew? Oh, you mean the man that Vanderbilt sends to Albany every winter to say 'haw' and 'gee' to ...
— Great Fortunes from Railroads • Gustavus Myers

... EAGLE, OR SPREAD-EAGLE. A punishment inflicted by seizing the offender by his arms and legs to the shrouds, and there leaving him for ...
— The Sailor's Word-Book • William Henry Smyth

... noise, no fallin' out, no 'sputin' nor nothin'—all quiet as de yeth jest afore a debbil ob a storm—nobody in de parlor 'cept 'tis Marse Paul, settin' right afore de parlor fire, wid one long leg poked east and toder west, wid the boots on de andirons like a spread-eagle! lookin' as glum as if I owed him a year's sarvice, an' nebber so much as a-sayin', 'Jenny, you poor old debbil, ain't you a-cold?' an' me coming in ebery minnit wid the icicles a-jinglin' 'roun' my linsey-woolsey ...
— The Missing Bride • Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

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

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