One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of limbs) flung upward, especially in a gesture of helplessness or alarm.
- ‘At the edge of the herd, a magnificent stallion galloped, head upflung, mane streaming in the night wind.’
- ‘She's seated, leaning backward, arms upflung to heaven, bursting with joy.’
- ‘One upflung arm, spread-fingered and beseeching, was caught among the branches of a scrubby bush.’
- ‘For example, in cold districts of Europe and the United States, gravel mixed with a large amount of rock salt is often spread on road to prevent surface freezing, and cars running on such road frequently are hit with rock salt grains or small pebbles upflung by their wheels.’
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