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Spread-eagle   /sprɛd-ˈigəl/   Listen

Stretch out completely.
Stretch over.
Execute a spread eagle on skates, with arms and legs stretched out.
Stand with arms and legs spread out.
Defeat disastrously.  Synonyms: rout, spreadeagle.

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"Spread-eagle" Quotes from Famous Books

... said it reminded him of Jack Sheppard! And not such a bad Chatterton-compound either! But I begin to think I have said all this before.... Oliver, or "Nolly," as he was always called, was a sort of spread-eagle likeness of his handsome father, with a conical head like Walter Scott. I must confess to you, that, in this world of books, the only one of his I have read, is Gabriel Denver, afterwards reprinted in its original and superior form as The ...
— Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti - 1883 • T. Hall Caine

... necessaries should be administered to him. Whereunto is added a treatise upon the nature and substance of Spirits and Divels &c., all written and published in Anno 1584. By Reginald Scot, Esquire. Printed by R.C. and are to be sold by Giles Calvert dwelling at the Black Spread-Eagle, at the West-End of ...
— Among My Books - First Series • James Russell Lowell

... bedstead was a marvel in size and massiveness, and the heavy mahogany posts nearly black with age, and carved like the twisted strands of a rope, supported a tester lined with turkey-red pleatings, held in the centre by the talons of a gilt spread-eagle. So tall was the bed, that three steps were required to ascend it, and the space thus left between the mahogany and the floor, was hidden by a valance of white dimity, garnished with wide cotton fringe. Over this spacious place of repose, a patchwork quilt of the "rising sun" ...
— At the Mercy of Tiberius • August Evans Wilson

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

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