splay out

splay out

1. To spread out or apart. He sat down and splayed down on the sofa, leaving no room for anyone else. The petals of the flower began splaying out as the first sunlight of the day fell upon them.
2. To spread or cause something to spread out or apart. I held my hands in front of me and splayed out my fingers to show that I hadn't taken the ring. The dog rolled over and splayed its legs out, expecting its owner to rub its belly.
See also: 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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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.