From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishldoce_311_bsprawlsprawl1 /sprɔːl $ sprɒːl/ ●○○ (also sprawl out) verb [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] 🔊 🔊 1LIE DOWNto lie or sit with your arms or legsstretched out in a lazy or careless way 🔊 He sprawled out on the sofa. 🔊 I tripped on a stone and went sprawling on the pavement. 🔊 a blow which sent him sprawling2SPREADif buildingssprawl, they spread out over a wide area in an untidy and unattractive way 🔊 The town seemed to sprawl for miles.→ See Verb table
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sprawl• Jimmysprawled, his hands now braced solidly on the steps in front of him.• Gallagher drove his fist into his face and sent him sprawling on his back.• Carla is sprawled on the sofa.• We bathed our feet deliciously before sprawling on the soft mossy bank in the dryingheat of the sun.• The middle-class neighborhoods sprawloutward from the city center.• They sprawledpanting on the ground, resting their weight against the rocks.• Ralemberg and his wifesprawled there, their throatsgashed from ear to ear.went sprawling• He took three flights without stopping, and when he reached the last, he went sprawling.• One of them collided with Dunne and went sprawling.• Although he hadn't actually handled her particularly roughly, she lost her balance and went sprawling on the floor.sprawlsprawl2 noun [singular, uncountable] 🔊 🔊 AREAa large area of buildings that are spread out in an untidy and unattractive way 🔊 We drove through miles of urban sprawl before we finally got out into the countryside.