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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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This situation reveals that sprawling is a general problem in Turkey as in developing countries.
Hence even many of the mid-sized cities of the country are experiencing serious traffic problems that are partially caused by sprawling urban development pattern.
The eight-bedroom home boasts guest houses, tennis courts, nine acres of sprawling gardens and a private pier.
However, data analysis indicated that between 1992 and 2001 the deforestation rate in the most sprawling areas was more than double that of the most compact cities.
Sprawling development can therefore be defined as any pattern of development that causes degradation of public resources greater than B.
By international standards, Toronto is not a particularly sprawling urban region but substantially more compact in form than the typical North American metropolis.
Residents of sprawling cities and counties tended to weigh more, walk less, and have higher blood pressure than did people living in compact communities, concluded urban planner Reid Ewing and his colleagues at the University of Maryland at College Park's National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education.
According to the researchers, people living in sprawling neighbourhoods are heavier because those individuals who are more at risk for obesity, tend to live in such places.
Don't blame urban sprawl for America's sprawling waistline.
Over the past 60 years, millions of Americans have forsaken compact urban neighborhoods for sprawling acreage outside town.
The sprawling lake with its even more sprawling name (we're only going to say it once)--Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg--is not for the tongue-tied.
Lucy found that Americans' migration into sprawling outer suburbs is actually a huge cause of premature death.
Smart Growth found that in sprawling places, people drive more, breathe more polluted air, face a greater risk of traffic fatalities, own more cars, and walk and use transit less.
Those in sprawling areas tended to drive more (a likely factor in the rate of fatal accidents), walk less, and inhale more pollution.--K.T.
The rapid spread of sprawling suburbs in the United States is substantially limiting the amount of water that can filter into the soil to recharge aquifers and provide underground flows to rivers and lakes, according to a new report by American Rivers, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Smart Growth America.