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spread across (something or some place)

1. To distribute some substance along the length and breadth of something or some area. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "spread" and "across." Once your icing is done, spread it evenly across the top and sides of the cake. We'll need to spread manure across the whole field to keep the crops healthy.
2. To move over the entirety or majority of some area; to be distributed or dispersed The plague spread across the region incredibly quickly, killing millions of people in its wake. Military forces began spreading across the city in a bid to reclaim it from the insurgents.
3. Of information, to disseminate over the entirety or majority of some area or place. News of the CEO's affair spread across the office in a matter of hours. Rumors are spreading across the country about a possible breakdown of the central government.
4. To disseminate information over the entirety or majority of some area or place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "spread" and "across." She's been spreading gossip all across town to discredit her rival. Horse-mounted messengers were sent to spread the announcement across the kingdom.
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Had I the wings of an eagle, they would tire before a tenth of the distance, which separates me from that sea, could be passed; and towns, and villages, farms, and highways, churches, and schools, in short, all the inventions and deviltries of man, are spread across the region.
At last he came to where a little stream spread across the road in a shallow sheet, tinkling and sparkling as it fretted over its bed of golden gravel.
Then the clang of hoofs, as of several horses galloping, resounded on the planks of the bridge, and the squadron, officers in front and men four abreast, spread across the bridge and began to emerge on his side of it.
When he had read it, a fearful pallor spread across his countenance.
Clara lounged in an arm-chair with her feet upon a second one, a blue-covered book in her hand, and a huge map of the British Islands spread across her lap.
Then a wide grin of appreciative understanding spread across his countenance.
The wood supply is spread across 28 forest-management units from Wawa to Ottawa Valley.
This was the way in which the Liberal party called for the overthrow of the laws which outlawed the social evils which today have spread across the country and the world like the Black Death bubonic plague of yesteryear.
2 (ANI): Re-polling in 11 booths will be spread across nine assembly constituencies on Friday, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Nagaland announced.
Spread across 25,000 square feet, the new store displays an expansive range of classic, contemporary and modern The new store has also rolled out inaugural offers for early customers, including gift vouchers worth Dh1,000 on every purchase of Dh3,000.
The facility is spread across 60,000 sq ft and can accommodate about 550 people across two floors.
Summary: The Syrian president has deployed the army in the city of Latakia after nearly two weeks of protests spread across the country.
The Dubai channel, which says it is the most watched sports channel in the sub-continent and the world's largest broadcaster of cricket, claims the deal means the series can now be seen by a potential audience of more than half a billion fans spread across 100 countries.
The material, which during the Cold War was spread across northern latitudes by high-altitude winds, is still being redistributed far and wide by forest fires, researchers say.
This leasing transaction will enable the bank, which currently has corporate offices spread across several locations in the city, to consolidate its New York City regional headquarters in one Midtown location with prominent identification.