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sprawl about

To recline in a lazy, spread-out position or posture around some place or area. I'm sick of you kids just sprawling about. Go outside and play a game or something! My weeks are so busy and stressful that all I want to do on the weekend is sprawl about the house.
See also: sprawl

sprawl around

To recline in a lazy, spread-out position or posture around some place or area. I'm sick of you kids just sprawling around. Go outside and play a game or something! My weeks are so busy and stressful that all I want to do on the weekend is sprawl around the house.
See also: around, sprawl

sprawl out

1. To lie or recline with one's arms and legs spread out awkwardly or lazily. Could you not sprawl out like that—you're taking up half the sofa! The kids have been sprawled out in front of the television all morning.
2. To be spread or scattered around, especially in a disorganized or haphazard manner. Nuts, bolts, and various parts sprawled out around the mechanic as he dug deeper into the engine looking for the cause of the problem. Farm houses sprawl out for miles way out here.
3. To spread or scatter something out on a surface, especially in a disorganized or haphazard manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sprawl" and "out." You'd lose stuff a lot less if you quit sprawling your papers all over your desk like that. I like to sprawl out all the stuff I plan to take on a trip before I start packing anything. They really sprawled the neighborhoods out in this part of town, and there's no real sense of community as a result.
See also: out, sprawl

sprawl about

 and sprawl around
to slouch or lounge somewhere; to spread oneself out casually while lounging. (Usually refers to habitual action, perhaps in a number of places.) He sprawled about, loafing the afternoon away. When I came into the room, four teenage boys were sprawled around the furniture, watching television.
See also: sprawl

sprawl out

to spread oneself out casually while lounging. (Usually done one time, not habitually. Compare this with sprawl about.) He sprawled out and took up most of the space. I need more room so I can sprawl out.
See also: out, sprawl

sprawl out

v.
1. To cause something to spread out in a straggling or disordered fashion: The detective sprawled the evidence out on the desk. The mechanic sprawled out the parts so that they would be easy to find. My papers are sprawled out on the desk.
2. To be spread out in a straggling or disordered fashion: Shoddy apartment buildings sprawled out across the valley.
3. To sit or lie with the body and limbs spread out awkwardly: I sprawled out on the chair, but I sat up straight when my mother walked into the room.
4. To extend oneself when lying down or sitting so that the body and limbs spread out awkwardly: I yawned and sprawled myself out in the hammock. The security guard is sprawled out in the chair, fast asleep.
See also: out, sprawl
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In this study, discrepancy between urban growth rate and population increase, decrease in population density, leapfrog and scattered developments, and lack of public open spaces are considered as some of the characteristics of sprawled developments of the Iranian cities.
It probably is sprawling; 83 percent of metro areas sprawled in the '90s.
The report paints a picture of an awful place to live - high cancer risk, prone to natural disaster, congested highways, running out of water, polluted, sprawled to the wall.
Greater Los Angeles has sprawled to the size of Connecticut.
Early fossil collectors pictured these huge horned herbivores ambling with forelimbs sprawled lizard-like from the sdies of the body.
The sun is rising to my back, and I am struck by the pastel beauty of the urban landscape sprawled to the south.