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How did the word "spread-eagled" originate?

Question #41024. Asked by shady shaker.

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I think it comes from Heraldry where the bird is shown with legs and wings stretched out

Nov 12 2003, 6:31 AM
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Websters Online says:

Main Entry: [2]spread-eagle
Function: adjective
Etymology: from the spread eagle on the Great Seal of the U.S.
Date: 1858
: marked by bombast and boastful exaggeration especially of the greatness of the U.S.

Nov 12 2003, 8:32 AM
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