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sprawl

a. the urban area formed by the expansion of a town or city into surrounding countryside
b. the process by which this has happened

urban sprawl

An unplanned development of open land, usually on the outskirts of a city.
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In recent testimony before a Senate committee, Mark Rey, the Bush administration's point man on forest policy, pointedly declined to endorse extension of the sprawlingly named Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Reauthorization Act.
While never less than respectful to the multitude of familial themes it tackles, idealism fails to overcome cultural chasms in the sprawlingly ambitious "House of Memories," the latest from Calcutta-born hyphenate Aparna Sen.