spread eagle definition by Webster's New World
- the figure of an eagle with wings and legs spread, used as an emblem of the U.S.
- something suggesting this, as an acrobatic figure in fancy skating
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- having the figure of an eagle with wings and legs spread
- ☆ Informal boastful or jingoistic about the U.S.
transitive verb spread-eagled, spread-eagling
to stretch out in the form of a spread eagle, as for a flogging
to perform a spread eagle
spread eagle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The figure of an eagle with wings and legs spread.b. The emblem on the obverse of the Great Seal of the United States.
- A posture or design resembling such an emblem or figure.
- Positioned with the arms and legs stretched out.
- Informal Full of patriotic or jingoistic rhetoric.
To place in a spread-eagle position, especially as a means of punishment.verb, intransitive
- To assume a spread-eagle position.
- To make a grandiloquent, patriotic speech.