Language: Old English
Origin: spinnan


1 verb
spin1 S3 past tense and past participle spun present participle spinning

turn around

[intransitive and transitive] to turn around and around very quickly, or to make something do this:
The plane's propellers were spinning.
spin (something/somebody) around
She grabbed Norm's arm and spun him around to face her.

somebody's head is spinning

also the room is spinning if your head or the room is spinning, you feel as if you might faint (=become unconscious) because you are shocked, excited, or drunk:
I was pouring with sweat, and my head was spinning.
The room started to spin.


[transitive] to describe a situation or information in a way that is intended to influence the way people think about it - used especially about what politicians or business people do:
Supporters attempted to spin the bill's defeat to their advantage.

spin a tale/story/yarn

to tell a story, especially using a lot of imagination:
She spun a story about a trip to Athens to meet one of the authors.


[intransitive and transitive]TIM to make cotton, wool etc into thread by twisting it


[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] written to drive or travel quickly [= speed]
spin past/along etc
Barbara spun past in her new sportscar.

spin your wheels

American English to continue trying to do something without having any success:
I felt like I was just spinning my wheels trying to make him understand.

wet clothes

[transitive] British EnglishDHC to get water out of clothes using a machine after you have washed them


[transitive]HBI if a spider or insect spins a web or cocoon, it produces thread to make it

spin off

phrasal verb
BBC to make part of a company into a separate and partly independent company, or to become a separate company
spin something ↔ off
At the time of the merger, Loral spun off its space divisions into a separate firm.
spin off from
Lucent spun off from AT&T in 1995.

spin out

phrasal verb

spin something ↔ out

British English to make something continue for longer than is necessary [= drag out]:
I'm paid by the hour, so I spin the work out as long as I can.

spin something ↔ out

British English to use money, food etc as carefully and slowly as possible, because you do not have very much of it
spin something ↔ out over
I've only got £10 left, so we'll have to spin it out over the whole week.
3 American English if a car spins out, the driver loses control of it and the car spins around

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