spreadeagle

spread-eagle

[spred-ee-guhl]
adjective
1.
having or suggesting the form of a spread eagle.
2.
lying prone with arms and legs outstretched.
3.
boastful or bombastic, especially in the display of patriotic or nationalistic pride in the U.S.
verb (used with object), spread-eagled, spread-eagling.
4.
to stretch out (something) in the manner of a spread eagle.
verb (used without object), spread-eagled, spread-eagling.
5.
to assume the position or perform the acrobatic figure of a spread eagle: The skater spread-eagled across the rink.

Origin:
1820–30

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spread-eagle
 
adj
1.  lying or standing with arms and legs outstretched
 
vb
2.  to assume or cause to assume the shape of a spread eagle
3.  (intr) skating to execute a spread eagle

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spread-eagle
lit. "splayed eagle," 1570, 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.
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