splay out

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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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Slow-motion video shows that such a blow temporarily flattens the bottom fly, which splays out his legs, Kravitz reports.
As the one facing the piazza reaches first floor level, it splays out slightly over a glazed secondary entrance, as if disturbed by some unseen force.