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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyfan out
he/she/itfans out
present participlefanning out
past tensefanned out
past participlefanned out
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if a group of people fan out, they move forward and apart in a straight line

    Officers fanned out across the field to look for clues.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to spread objects or parts out, often in the shape of a semi-circle

    Her long dark hair fanned out across the pillow.

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