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 Sprat.Spread-eagle Oratory. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Spread-eagle (To).
 
To fly away like a spread-eagle; to beat. (Sporting term.)   1
        “You’ll spread-eagle all the [other] cattle in a brace of shakes.”—Ouida: Under Two Flags, chap. ix.
 


 Sprat.Spread-eagle Oratory. 

 
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