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[fan-wahyz] /ˈfænˌwaɪz/
spread out like an open fan:
to hold cards fanwise.
Origin of fanwise
First recorded in 1880-85; fan1 + -wise Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The chain of the hills swung sharply away to the east, and the path broadened, fanwise, east and west.

    Polaris of the Snows Charles B. Stilson
  • We lowered and spread out, fanwise, from the bark and made for the whales.

    Swept Out to Sea W. Bertram Foster
  • He drew a dilapidated pack of cards from his pocket and spread them fanwise.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm

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