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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language

whirl

1 verb
     
whirl1
1 [intransitive and transitive] to turn or spin around very quickly, or to make someone or something do this:
We watched the seagulls whirling and shrieking over the harbour.
whirl about/around/toward etc
She whirled around and her look shook him.
whirl somebody/something about/around/away etc
He whirled her round in his arms.
2 [intransitive] if your head is whirling, or if thoughts are whirling in your head, your mind is full of thoughts and ideas, and you feel very confused or excited:
His head was whirling with excitement.
The implications began to whirl around her head.

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