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    made to spread eagle/frisked/last ounce of strenght

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    “Jake and the teenager slowly open their respective doors, and, hands above their heads, exit the taxicab. They are immediately pounced upon, made to spread eagle against the cab.”

    made to spread eagle = made them to stand in an awkward position with the arms and legs stretched out

    “Both are frisked

    frisk = to search (a person) for something concealed, especially a weapon, by passing the hands quickly over clothes or through pockets.

    “Jacob, with his last ounce of strength, opened his eyes and looked at the now crying husband.“

    last ounce of strength = last drop of strength

    ounce = a tiny bit

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: made to spread eagle/frisked/last ounce of strenght

    "spreadeagle" is usually one word, and in this context means to stand with your hands and feet wide apart.

    Your interpretations are fine.

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