spread-eagled spread"-ea`gled a. Being in a position with the arms and legs extended fully. [PJC]

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  • spread-ea|gle — spread eagle, 1. a representation of an eagle with outspread wings, used as an emblem of the United States and certain other countries. 2. a boastful, self assertive person, especially an American with an excess of national or regional pride. 3.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spread-eagle — [spred′ē΄gəl] adj. 1. having the figure of an eagle with wings and legs spread ☆ 2. Informal boastful or jingoistic about the U.S. vt. spread eagled, spread eagling to stretch out in the form of a spread eagle, as for a flogging vi. to perform a… …   English World dictionary

  • spread-eagle — spread ea gle v. i. To assume a spread eagled position; it may be done reclining, for relaxation, or momentarily, as an exhibitionary maneuver in a sport. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lying spread-eagled — lying with the arms and legs spread wide apart …   English contemporary dictionary

  • spread-eagle — /sprɛd ˈigəl / (say spred eeguhl) adjective 1. having or suggesting the form of a spread eagle. 2. US Colloquial boastful or bombastic, especially in the display of patriotism or national vanity. –verb (spread eagled, spread eagling) –verb (t) 3 …  

  • spread-eagle — /spred ee geuhl/, adj., v., spread eagled, spread eagling. adj. 1. having or suggesting the form of a spread eagle. 2. lying prone with arms and legs outstretched. 3. boastful or bombastic, esp. in the display of patriotic or nationalistic pride… …   Universalium

  • spread-ea·gled — /ˈsprɛdˌiːgəld/ adj : with arms and legs spread wide apart He lay spread eagled on the bed. a spread eagled position …   Useful english dictionary

  • spread — v. & n. v. (past and past part. spread) 1 tr. (often foll. by out) a open or extend the surface of. b cause to cover a larger surface (spread butter on bread). c display to the eye or the mind (the view was spread out before us). 2 intr. (often… …   Useful english dictionary

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