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A.Word.A.Day--akimbo

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This week's theme: adjectives used postpositively.

akimbo (uh-KIM-bo) adjective

With hands on hips and elbows turned outwards.

[Of uncertain origin, probably from Old Norse.]

See more usage examples of akimbo in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"The goal also sent goalkeeper Bakalo Silumbu into tears, who was seen with arms akimbo and mouth agape between the goal posts." Francis Tayanjah-Phiri; Chess Boss Sponsors Football Tourney; The Daily Times (Blantyre, Malawi); Nov 22, 2006.

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