In or into a position in which the hands are on the hips and the elbows are bowed outward: children standing akimbo by the fence.
1. Placed in such a way as to have the hands on the hips and the elbows bowed outward: children standing with arms akimbo.
2. Being in a bent, bowed, or arched position: "There he remained, dead to the world, limbs akimbo, until we left" (Alex Shoumatoff).
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