splay out

splay out

to spread out; to extend out at an angle. His feet splayed out so much that it was hard to see how he could stand up. The legs of the table splayed out and gave it sturdy support.
See also: out
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Splay out the roots of your bare root plant and lay them over the cone.
The women wear "hoop shorts" which splay out at the hem into a stiff, wire circle.
The drawing is "awkward": his feet splay out unnaturally to the side; his arms terminate in what amounts to a jagged shorthand for hands; he might or might not have a wandering eye.
Columns are of steel plate cut to a silhouette of outstretched palms; each end of the footbridge is supported on pairs of smaller silhouetted columns which splay out to frame the north school entrance.
It is impossible from this vantage to appreciate the irregular trapezoidal geometry of the building, and to see how the side walls splay out and away from the rectangular to follow the boundary lines of the site.