verb (used with object), spread-ea·gled, spread-ea·gling.
verb (used without object), spread-ea·gled, spread-ea·gling.
- spread like wildfire,
- spread oneself too thin,
- spread option,
- spread out,
- spread sampling,
- spreader beam
Origin of spread-eagle
Origin of spread eagle
Examples from the Web for spread-eagle
Two or three of them, in fact, to spread-eagle whatever it is.Skylark Three|Edward Elmer Smith
Six officers of the Royal Flying Corps are here, double-breasted tunics and two spread-eagle wings on left breast.
It has been on active service now since the year 1800, and I really think it's time our spread-eagle friends gave us a change.The Message|Alec John Dawson
"The suit is brought in the name of justice and humanity," shouted Fitz, eloquently, and with a spread-eagle gesture.Make or Break|Oliver Optic
I landed sort of spread-eagle flat and seemed to hang there before I slid down the wall to the floor with a meaty-sounding Whump!Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith
adjective Also: spread-eagled
literally "splayed eagle," 1560s, a heraldic term; the figure is that of the seal of the United States (hence spreadeagleism "extravagant laudation of the U.S.," 1858). Meaning "person secured with arms and legs stretched out" (originally to be flogged) is attested from 1785.