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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPRAWLING

I saw you sprawling on the floor, and blood gushing from your nostrils.

I sprang for the door, but the fire-log sent me sprawling with my shoulder on the threshold.

The master with his toe helped one sprawling puppy toward him.

"Quite an ovation," she cried, sprawling out of her first-class carriage.

In her big, sprawling handwriting the letter covered eight pages.

He leaped upon the guard with a swift uppercut that sent him sprawling.

He gave the Drilgo a push that sent him sprawling into the bottom of the boat.

I had at a few of them across that, and sent them sprawling; but the enemy was too many for me.

Drooping branches make a sprawling and sometimes a barren tree.

He was taken to a room in the sprawling Department of Justice.

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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