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(used of arms and legs) bent outward with the joint away from the body

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These things were served by as plump and buxom a lass as you could find in all the land, so that Little John, who always had an eye for a fair lass, even when meat and drink were by, stuck his arms akimbo and fixed his eyes upon her, winking sweetly whenever he saw her looking toward him.
Opposite her stood a brutal, heavy-faced, red-moustached young man, his gaitered legs parted wide, one arm akimbo, the other waving a riding crop, his whole attitude suggestive of triumphant bravado.
Anatole, having taken off his overcoat, sat with arms akimbo before a table on a corner of which he smilingly and absent-mindedly fixed his large and handsome eyes.
Gryphus flourished his stick above his head, but Van Baerle moved not, and remained standing with his arms akimbo.
Hattersley strode up to the fire, and interposing his height and breadth between us and it, stood with arms akimbo, expanding his chest, and gazing round him as if the house and all its appurtenances and contents were his own undisputed possessions.
It was impossible for her to begin in time, and as she patiently waited, arms akimbo and ears straining for the music, the house let loose again (a favorite trick, she afterward learned, of confusing the amateur by preventing him or her from hearing the orchestra).
O'Dowd put herself with arms akimbo before the bedroom door.
Pyotr jumped on the box, and putting his arms akimbo, told the coachman to drive to the booking-office.
The great man put his arms akimbo, the backs of his big hands resting on his hips.
Mr Blandois shook his right forefinger towards the sick room, and his left forefinger towards the portrait, and then, putting his arms akimbo and striding his legs wide apart, stood smiling down at Mr Flintwinch with the advancing nose and the retreating moustache.
The carving of the back gradually assumed the lineaments and expression of an old, shrivelled human face; the damask cushion became an antique, flapped waistcoat; the round knobs grew into a couple of feet, encased in red cloth slippers; and the whole chair looked like a very ugly old man, of the previous century, with his arms akimbo.
And this dreadful blacksmith with his arms akimbo, laughing,--oh, isn't he ugly?
he said when he had regained his own room, and sat himself down in a chair with his arms akimbo.
The Colombian singer can be seen legs akimbo, perching on the edge of the bathtub while flashing her pins in a zebra print wrap strategically draped over her thigh in the first shot, the Daily Star reported.
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