spread-eagled


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spread-ea·gle

(sprĕd′ē′gəl)
adj.
1. Positioned with the arms and legs stretched out.
2. Informal Full of patriotic or jingoistic rhetoric.
v. spread-ea·gled, spread-ea·gling, spread-ea·gles
v.tr.
To place in a spread-eagle position, especially as a means of punishment.
v.intr.
1. To assume a spread-eagle position.
2. To make a grandiloquent, patriotic speech.
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Translations

spread-eagled

[spredˈiːgld] ADJa pata tendida
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

spread-eagled

[ˌsprɛdˈiːgld] adj to be or lie spread-eagledessere disteso/a a gambe e braccia aperte
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
"When I come to, there was Vahna spread-eagled on top of the nugget, and the old fellow with a beak jabbering away solemnly as if going through some sort of religious exercises.
Well, I just sat there looking at the chip in the moonlight, and turning it over and over and figuring what it was and where it'd come from, when all of a sudden there was a snap inside my head as if something had broken, and then I could see Vahna spread-eagled on that big nugget and the old fellow with the beak waving the stone knife, and .
Tim sailed through the air in a headlong pitch, struck spread-eagled on his face, and plowed along in a cloud of dust.
On its jagged face was spread-eagled some dark, irregular object.
I shot one of them through the belly, but before we knew where we were they had us spread-eagled on our backs.
Between these two groups, and just clear of the main heap of hammers, lay a man in evening dress, spread-eagled and flat on his face.
LYING spread-eagled up to his neck in manure but still valiantly clinging on to his dog lead, this walker tries to stay calm and hold his head high while help arrives.
In its wake comes the Liverpool International Music Festival, still with a homage to the Beatles at its core, but smaller, less costly, and spread-eagled to include a picnic in Sefton Park with Vasily Petrenko and the Liverpool Phil.
He suddenly swung out, leaving the 32-yearold spread-eagled on the ground and needing surgery on fractures to her cheek and eye socket.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (10.00pm) Detectives Logan and Falacci investigate the brutal murder of an obstetrician found posed in a ritualistic fashion, spread-eagled on an examination chair.
On all four floors, folk were spread-eagled in comfy leather armchairs, thumbing through all the latest releases...
I liked the juxtaposition of a Russian sunbather spread-eagled on the hot sands of the Russian resort of Taganrog, in direct contrast to a relaxed man soaking up the sun, with a rubbish dump of oozing bin bags roasting nearby.