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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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I haven't been drawn to any of the big sprawlers, as I call them, but there has been a project I have been developing for a TV film for the last V four years, I have taken it very slowly and I am still working on it.
Prey items were counted and categorized into one of six groups based on these macrohabitat associations (sand, clay, silt/sand, detritus, cosmopolitan, and unknown), into one of five habits (burrowers, sprawlers, clingers, swimmers, and climbers) (Table 2), and are reported as percentages of the total number of prey items and the frequency of occurrence in sturgeon diets (Table 3).
Abundances Number of taxa (families/orders included) Number of individuals Mean number of individuals Crustacea Mollusca ETO (Ephemeroptera, Trichoptera, Odonata) Ephemeroptera Trichoptera Odonata Non-insects (excluding crustaceans and molluscs) Non-insects Insects Oligochaeta Coleoptera (larvae and adults) Diptera (excluding Chironomidae) Diptera (including Chironimidae) Zooplankton Functional Feeding Groups Collectors Scrapers Shredders Predators Habits Burrowers Skaters Clingers Climbers Sprawlers Swimmers Swimmers (excluding zooplankton) Flyers Breathing Mechanisms Air breathers Gills Other
Look also to your ivies, meaning Hedera (the true ivies), Swedish ivies in wonderful variety (Plectranthus), Ficus (the creeping figs), Zebrina and all of the other `inch plants' that can serve admirably as the "weepers" or "sprawlers" used in conjunction with the "fillers" and "uprights" in combination containers.
The nymphs of various dragonfly species generally feed using one of three techniques: passively feeding from burrows in the bottom sediment (burrowers), hunting from the bottom sediment surface (sprawlers), or actively stalking their prey among the vegetation.
English roses vary from shrubs to gangly sprawlers and climbers; choose a variety suited to the effect you want as well as to your site and climate.
WORST SPRAWLERS Regions with the greatest growth around urban areas.
Diascias, below, are the best of the wee South African orange sprawlers now commonplace in bedding schemes.
In Didier Drogba, Chelsea have one of the most adept sprawlers in the Premiership, a view shared by Ladbrokes.
The variously sized beds lend themselves to different crops--the wider ones are great for sprawlers like potatoes, the narrower ones for tidy growers like leaf lettuce.
The earliest ground cover roses--such as 'Scarlet Meidiland', for instance--were sprawlers, introduced during the 1970s as no-care plants for commercial use.
Clematis are not only climbers, they can also be sprawlers and this white variety has filled its pot and is trailing nicely.