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spraddle

[sprad-l] /ˈspræd l/
verb (used with object), spraddled, spraddling.
1.
to straddle.
verb (used without object), spraddled, spraddling.
2.
to sprawl.
Origin of spraddle
Norwegian dialect
1625-1635
1625-35; origin uncertain; compare Norwegian dialect spradla squirm, flail
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  • I spraddled the tripod purposely to keep it from being upset.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • What did he want to go to sleep for, spraddled all over the aisle?

  • Thus progressing, he came close to one who spraddled in solitary comfort over two seats.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • Its up to us to light on him all spraddled out and squeeze the truth out of him in a hurry.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
  • The enemy was spraddled on his stomach, legs apart, adjusting his body to steady his weapon.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • He tucked his thumbs into the girth harnessings of his Sam Browne and spraddled his legs wide apart.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
  • Now, we want to stand pat on this—don't tip me off to 'em—and pretty soon I'll have 'em all spraddled out ag'in.

    Bat Wing Bowles Dane Coolidge
  • Even as the puma left the rock, its four paws all spraddled out in midair, the noose dropped over the savage cat.

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