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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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It's thought the grass fire in the village of Garnswllt between Ammanford and Pontarddulais started at around 2pm yesterday afternoon before spreading across more than two acres of open land.
MULTAN -- Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday condemned the deadly New Zealand mosque attacks and said Islamophobia is unfortunately spreading across Europe.
Summary: The first case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome was detected in Lebanon, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said Thursday, assuring that the ministry was making utmost effort to prevent the virus from spreading across the country.
! GENEVA, Dhu-AlHijjah 24, 1434, Oct 29, 2013, SPA -- The U.N.'s health agency said Tuesday it has confirmed 10 polio cases in northeast Syria, the first confirmed outbreak of the diseases in the country in 14 years, with a risk of spreading across the region, AP reported.
The 'Camover' movement is spreading across the country, despite the fact that there's no real prize.
"And I expect that the manner in which India's victory is spreading across the globe in the field of sports, it will spread in other areas too," he added.
Summary: Kofi Annan has told the Security Council that he is "alarmed" at the violence that is spreading across Syria.
The frenzy of looting and destruction, which started in the north London district of Tottenham on August 6 before spreading across the capital and to other cities, left five people dead in the worst riots in England for decades.
Many systems are still unprotected against the Conficker superworm, weeks after the malware began spreading across the internet creating a huge botnet of compromised machines thought to number in the millions.
FOREIGN ladybirds spreading across the UK have now been spotted in Merseyside.
Though many Catholics are willing to pray, pay, and obey, lay synods exist and are spreading across the country.
This time, it's not confined to one country but is spreading across Asia.
Officials said the fire was just 20 per cent contained after spreading across more than 8,000 acres in 24 hours.
Ian McCafferty, CBI chief economic adviser, said: "The service sector upturn is taking a firm hold, with demand spreading across the sector.
With gangs spreading across America at a rapid rate and their propensity for violence increasing, a vital need exists for the law enforcement community to identify these gangs quickly and efficiently before they establish strongholds.