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  • n. Plural form of splay.


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  • However, by the time dusk splays across the city and our bus snakes its way back through the its urban streets, we come head to head with a human blockade of police with semiautomatics and shields.

    Suzanne Skees: Egypt Exploded: An American in Cairo Ponders What Our Citizens Can Do for Theirs

  • I pinned my hair with the turkey-tail copper pin, added splays of feathers to each shoulder, wore a white apron that tapered to a point between my knees, and laced thick shell necklaces around my neck.

    Fire The Sky

  • At the top, the Cofitachequi mico waited in all her finery; swan-feather splays at each shoulder accented a striking white fabric dress adorned with pearls and bits of mica that glittered in the light.

    Fire The Sky

  • I watched the old mico sigh, relaxing her shoulders so the feather splays slumped.

    Fire The Sky

  • Any time anyone enters my house my cat flops over at their feet and splays her belly to be rubbed.

    Cats and Gods « Colleen Anderson

  • Osio splays them out for us to ponder, to laugh at, to see in ourselves and in those around us.

    James Scarborough: 7 at W. 70th, Little Fish Theatre

  • It has huge clearance when set up, and then splays wide open for wheel changes when the cable is unhooked.

    ’Cross brake check: TRP’s new mini V-brake and EuroX Magnesium

  • “Phil,” she starts, my quick hand splays on her thigh, a membrane of stocking-fabric tears a bit more.

    Carolina Grüber: II

  • Or Jewish heritage to decode the symbolism carved into the front of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, which splays its five windows for the Books of Moses above its four doors for the daughters of Israel, which in turn roll out staircases to the sidewalk into the crowded mass of post-1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act Chinatown.

    Megan Doherty: A Guide to Being Guided

  • It splays its light across every open leaf, dappling the sleeping world with distorted reflections of itself.

    Though the Heart be Still as Loving


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