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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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His pass into Jeffers' path was measured to the last ounce and when Carlo Cudicini assumed the horizontal position, there was only one course of action the Scouse sprawler was ever going to take...trail a leg over the Italian's mitts, muddy the knees and wait for Paul Durkin's whistle to assault the eardrums.
It's a sprawler and just as happy growing along the ground, up a wall or even into other shrubs.
Sprawl - and Joe Blake is a committed sprawler - will choke us all.
The contemporary sprawler, worked over in a boldly graphic and colorful style by maximalist decorator Kelly Wearstler, measures in at 11,845 square feet, with six en-suite guest/family bedrooms and a master suite with two lavishly bedazzled bathrooms and two custom-fitted dressing rooms.
Tumbler F1 is a bit of a sprawler as a bush, more suited to containers so that the leave and stems are held off the ground.
The mansard-roofed sprawler spans about 7,500 square feet, with open-concept living areas that, per marketing details, consist of a sunny living room with vaulted ceiling and fireplace, a library, office, den, and a "splendid sunroom." The residence's eight bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms are sprinkled throughout the multi-winged house to maximize quiet and privacy.
This relative of the mop head Hydrangeas is a sprawler that can extend its arms to 80ft and clings to its host through aerial roots (just like ivy).
Eventually a fig with no restriction can reach about 30ft and is a bit of a sprawler reaching about half that in ten years or so, but if you have the room, it makes an impressive, small tree.
It's not clear exactly when they acquired it, or how much the couple paid for the suburban McMansion-sized 8th-floor sprawler, an epic amalgamation of four contiguous apartments that totals more than 7,500 square feet, with unobstructed city views and an unprecedented 165 feet of scenic Central Park frontage.