spread eagle

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spread eagle

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.
2. A posture or design resembling such an emblem or figure.
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spread eagle

1. (Heraldry) the representation of an eagle with outstretched wings, used as an emblem of the US
2. (Skiing) an acrobatic skating figure
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spread′ ea′gle

1. a representation of an eagle with outspread wings: used as an emblem of the U.S.
2. a skating figure performed with the skates touching heel-to-heel in a straight line and the arms outstretched.


adj., v. -gled, -gling. adj.
1. having or suggesting the form of a spread eagle.
2. lying with arms and legs outstretched.
3. boastful or bombastic, esp. in the display of patriotic pride in the U.S.
4. to stretch out in a spread-eagle position.
5. to perform the skating figure of a spread eagle.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spread eagle - an emblem (an eagle with wings and legs spread) on the obverse of the Great Seal of the United Statesspread eagle - an emblem (an eagle with wings and legs spread) on the obverse of the Great Seal of the United States
allegory, emblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
2.spread eagle - a skating figure executed with the skates heel to heel in a straight line
figure - a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating; "she made the best score on compulsory figures"
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