spinspin2 noun 1 turning [countable]TURN an act of turning around quickly the Earth’s spin The Russian skater finished her routine with a series of spins.2 car [singular] informalTRAVEL a short trip in a car for pleasure syn drive Let’s go for a spin in the country. Do you want to take my car for a spin?3 ball [uncountable]DS if you put spin on a ball in a game such as tennis or cricket, you deliberately make the ball turn very quickly so that it is difficult for your opponent to hit4 information [singular, uncountable]PERSUADE the way someone, especially a politician or business person, talks about information or a situation, especially in order to influence the way people think about it They tried to put a positive spin on the sales figures. → spin doctor5 aircraft [singular] if an aircraft goes into a spin, it falls suddenly, turning around and around6 → in/into a (flat) spin7 → give something a spin
Examples from the Corpusspin• The tundras will drag you into a spin.• Once again his weakness against spin was exposed when Bandara bowled him with a leg-break.• Bicycle riders performed dangerous spins and flips off ramps and curved walls.• For the moment just note that electron spin provides a second example of a two-dimensional state vector space in quantum mechanics.• A win will prove them wrong and put a whole new spin on this season.• What we would like to see is more realistic policies and less Labour Party spin.• The senator was determined to put a positive spin on the affair.• He made a quick spin to avoid the oncoming player.• Nixon lived long enough after his Watergate humiliation to put his own revisionist spin on his history.• the spin of a propeller• Whatever spin the government tries to put on it, this can be seen as nothing less that a massive defeat.take ... for a spin• He woke at tea time and took Lily for a spin in the car.• She was obviously impatient to be taken out for a spin even though there was hardly puff enough to stir her anemometer.• Car joy: Prince Charles presented a £54,000 hi-tech van to disabled man who then took him for a spin.• I'd like to take it for a spin.put a ... spin on• A win will prove them wrong and put a whole new spin on this season.• He puts a good spin on things.• Rule No. 1 of scandal hunting is that you must not put an obviously partisan spin on things.• They sat in ragged groups at their foxholes, some of them silent, others putting moral spin on the day.• Washington was also eager to put its own spin on the news it was imparting.• Another liberty Webster extended to himself was putting his own spin on definitions.