Spread-eagle meaning

sprĕdēgəl
A posture or design resembling such an emblem or figure.
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Positioned with the arms and legs stretched out.
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(informal) Full of patriotic or jingoistic rhetoric.
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To place in a spread-eagle position, especially as a means of punishment.
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To assume a spread-eagle position.
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To make a grandiloquent, patriotic speech.
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The figure of an eagle with wings and legs spread, used as an emblem of the U.S.
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Something suggesting this, as an acrobatic figure in skating.
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Having the figure of an eagle with wings and legs spread.
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Having the legs and, often, the arms spread wide.
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(informal, old) Boastful or jingoistic about the U.S.
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To perform a spread eagle.
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A position of a body involving full extension of the limbs with both fore- and hind-limbs spread wide, usually referring to humans or heraldic eagles.
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(figure skating) A move in which a skater glides on both feet, the toes turned out to the sides, heels facing each other.
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Lying with arms and legs outstretched and separated.
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(colloquial, humorous) Characterized by a pretentious, boastful, exaggerated style; bombastic.

A spread-eagle orator.

A spread-eagle speech.

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With arms and legs extended and spread.
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To put into a spread-eagle position, with arms and legs extended and spread.
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(intransitive) To put one's body in a spread eagle.
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Origin of spread-eagle

  • From splayed-eagle (in heraldry), splayed + eagle

    From Wiktionary