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swirl

1 verb
     
swirl1
1 [intransitive and transitive] to move around quickly in a twisting circular movement, or to make something do this
swirl around/round
Smoke swirled around her.
swirl something around/round
He swirled the brandy around in his glass.
The river had become a swirling torrent.
2 [intransitive] if stories or ideas swirl around a place, a lot of people start to talk about them - used especially in news reports
swirl around
Rumours of a takeover began to swirl around the stock markets.

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