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Definition with hands on hips and elbows extending outward
  • She stood there akimbo.
  • She was now standing arms akimbo, her shoulders drooping a little, her head cocked to one side, her glasses winking in the sunlight.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • akimbo = with hands on hips and elbows extending outward
  • Pyotr jumped on the box, and putting his arms akimbo, told the coachman to drive to the booking-office.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Kaleb Wallace and his brother Thurston, his left arm hanging akimbo at his side, pounded the front door with their rifle butts.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Now fatigued, the astronaut stood with arms akimbo, looking up at the sleek lines of the engineering marvel before him.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • The widow, standing on the porch with buttery arms akimbo, yammered after the fleeing girl: "And don't you dare show your face on this block again.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • She stood on the high step-edge, with a cloth wound over her head, her gaunt arms, pitted with old scars, akimbo.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He stood arms akimbo in the market entrance and did not recognize Mr. MacLain who had repaired his watch at all, that little drudge.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • Suppose the house were sold (she stood arms akimbo in front of the looking-glass) it would want seeing to—it would.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • The exclusively personal attention which he devoted to each one, standing half bent, ear to one side, elbows akimbo, saying: "Soup—green turtle, yes.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • He stood there arms akimbo and said, "I see, I see."
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • "Now, then, mister," said he, with his head cocked and his arms akimbo, "what are you driving at?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • He had stopped his pretense of working; he was standing before her, arms akimbo, dark eyes demanding.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • And what they saw was something akimbo and arustle in the down-hung wicker carriage.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • I turned and stared, arms akimbo, at the thick green behind me, into which the steamy ravine cut like a smoking gash.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Mrs. O'Dowd put herself with arms akimbo before the bedroom door.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • With her arms akimbo, she hugged her shawl about her shoulders defiantly.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Crouching like that, she's like a doll, an old one that's been pillaged and discarded, in some corner, akimbo.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • The whole airport went akimbo with excitement.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • He frowns at me for a moment, arms akimbo.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants

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