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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

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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So if the conventional arguments against sprawl are shaky, what is wrong with it?
Solomon has written a history of the causes and characters behind Toronto's sprawl over the past century.
Places to Grow--Better Places, Brighter Future: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe," as the document is titled, is a model of sprawl management; it sets a clear urban boundary, establishes a very generous greenbelt around the urban region and requires significantly increased levels of urban density and mix in an aggressive attempt to reshape the city.
According to the authors, politically fragmented metropolitan areas sprawl more because local governments within the metro area must compete for desirable resources, including land.
Although sprawl is persistent throughout the United States, features unique to each metropolitan area create the need for a policy-making environment that accommodates regional, demographic, fiscal and political differences.
Natural constraints, federal ownership of land, and other factors may increasingly rein in some of the sprawl in the fast-growing dry region of the Sun Belt.
An awfully big cloud of suburban sprawl continues its relentless expansion across the United States, leaving wrecked natural and built landscapes in its path.
But what we pejoratively call sprawl didn't occur by accident or neglect, nor is it something malevolently propagated by land developers and home builders.
Sprawl couldn't occur without inexpensive gasoline, affordable automobiles, extensive road and highway building, cheap and ample supplies of land, readily available mortgage financing and favorable zoning ordinances.