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spread far and wide

To disseminate or be disseminated on a large scale, especially to a large number of people. Well, that rumor about me has sure spread far and wide—even the teachers know about it! The government wants to keep this scandal a secret, which means we need to make sure it spreads far and wide. Western commercial culture has spread far and wide, and you can now find fast food restaurants in every corner of the globe.
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JUNE MORNING - MERSEYSIDE Another bright June morning Warm as the day before But a cold cold wind is blowing in Towards the Mersey shore And the Mersey keeps on flowing And the Liver Birds still stand But the wind that blows On the Iron Men's shore Brings grief from far Helmand Now a dark cloud on the Mersey Spreading far and wide From Runcorn to the Wirral Cloaking Merseyside Their families hear the footsteps Hear the knocking on the door Now without a warning Their lives change evermore And the Mersey keeps on flowing And the Liver Birds still stand But the wind that blows On the Iron Men's shore Brings grief from far Helmand.
That group of continents--Europe, Asia, and Africa--had no geographic barriers that would have prevented the birds from spreading far and wide, says Mayr.