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spreadeagle

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Definition of spreadeagle in English:

verb

[with object]
1Stretch (someone) out with their arms and legs extended: he lay spreadeagled in the road
More example sentences
  • I was spreadeagled on a ratty old couch in the corner of a large room.
  • She was spreadeagled, breezes carrying musky scents and the reek of sweat across her body and teasing her skin, nipping it with playful fingers that caused her to shiver as she struggled.
  • To stop us scratching we are spreadeagled, tied with bandages at the wrists and ankles to the tubular steel of our bed frames.
1.1 [no object] Skating Perform a spread eagle.
1.2 informal Utterly defeat (an opponent in a sporting contest): he threatened to spread-eagle the field with eight birdies in his first twelve holes
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  • About three furlongs out, I knew that he was not only going to win, but he was going to spreadeagle a class field, and win easing up.
  • His darting runs from midfield had the defence spreadeagled and bewildered.

noun

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1 (spread eagle) An emblematic representation of an eagle with its legs and wings extended, used especially as an emblem of the United States.
1.1 Skating A straight glide made with the feet in a line, with the heels touching, and the arms stretched out to either side.
Example sentences
  • The 2002 Olympic bronze medalists opened with side-by-side triple toeloops, followed by nested spread eagles into a lift, albeit marred by a small bobble and a bit of sluggishness.
  • There are inside and outside spread eagles, where you skate on both inside or both outside edges.
  • I want aerials, spread eagles, toe touches, and anything else you can think of.

adjective

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1Stretched out with one’s arms and legs extended: prisoners are chained to their beds, spreadeagle, for days at a time
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  • She lay on her stomach spread eagle, head titled to the side, face contorted in pain.
  • I was walking one moment and in a quick phase of pain I was on the floor spread eagle not moving wondering what the hell I was doing.
  • Shep instantly flattened himself on the ground spread eagle.
2 dated Loudly or aggressively patriotic about the United States: spreadeagle oratory

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