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  1. stretched upward, as the arms.
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Origin of upstretched

First recorded in 1555–65; up- + stretch + -ed2
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Examples from the Web for upstretched

Historical Examples of upstretched

  • I could see her upstretched arms holding her children out of the water.

    The Flood

    Emile Zola

  • The kiss deepened between them; his head bent, hers upstretched.

    Beggars on Horseback

    F. Tennyson Jesse

  • At last the upstretched feelers were whipping back and forth almost too swiftly for the eye to follow.

  • The pigskin flew away from him at least two feet above Wirts upstretched hands and went rolling and bobbing toward the goal line.

    Center Rush Rowland

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Adam with upstretched arms appeals to God, and the curtain falls.

British Dictionary definitions for upstretched


  1. (esp of the arms) stretched or raised up
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