One of the great things about Peter Tory as an interview subject is the obvious relish he takes in saying “spread eagle.”
It is written with a spread eagle, the same sort of machine precisely as my own.
A melancholy interest attaches to the sign of the spread eagle.
"The spread eagle ought to use his wings," said Mrs. Tristram.
She thought mebby they'd have sunthin' new, spread eagle style.
I put th' horses up in th' stables at th' spread eagle, and went mysel, and got a glass or two by th' fire.
They like to see the spread eagle, and where they see that they have confidence.
The petty officers' device always has a spread eagle above it.
With the metamorphosed animal in the fills, the agent drove back to the spread eagle, and put up for the night.
The system necessitating a spread eagle policy on the land question will cost.
literally "splayed eagle," 1560s, a heraldic term; the figure is that of the seal of the United States (hence spreadeagleism "extravagant laudation of the U.S.," 1858). Meaning "person secured with arms and legs stretched out" (originally to be flogged) is attested from 1785.