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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPRAWL

I can sprawl on that seaweed and be as comfortable as a gull on a clam flat.

Once aboard, he fell in a sprawl on the boat's bottom, breathing heavily.

We'd go a few steps, y'u know, 'n' then sprawl all over oursel's.

They wander about and sprawl in the shade of fine old trees.

Keep your horse well in hand all through, that he may not sprawl.

Losing all sense of caution, he would begin to sprawl upon the ice.

Sprawl was silent for a minute, and then handed him the return.

Sprawl took a long squint first, and then handed the glass to me.

Stephen stands at the pianola on which sprawl his hat and ashplant.

Hence Christian was left to sprawl in the Slough of Despond.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English spreawlian "move convulsively," with cognates in the Scandinavian languages and North Frisian spraweli, probably ultimately from PIE root *sper- "to strew" (see sprout (v.)). Meaning "to spread or stretch in a careless manner" is attested from 1540s; of things, from 1745. Related: Sprawled; sprawling.

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