Definition of spin in US English:



  • 1Turn or cause to turn or whirl around quickly.

    no object ‘the girl spun around in alarm’
    ‘the rear wheels spun violently’
    with object ‘he fiddled with the radio, spinning the dial’
    • ‘Quickly she spun around, and there was the other arm coming right at her.’
    • ‘Once he'd spun round to look at her, he relaxed and smiled.’
    • ‘I felt the prickling at my neck again and I quickly spun around.’
    • ‘Pandora spun round quickly and came eye to eye with Alexei who was smiling down at her.’
    • ‘Tanya spun round, her chair falling with a clatter.’
    • ‘The woman quickly spun around and pulled out a short sword.’
    • ‘Patrick felt his face started heating up and quickly spun around.’
    • ‘Kaya quickly spun around and into the trees behind her, the only trees left on the Planet.’
    • ‘He spun around quickly in his chair and then cleared his throat.’
    • ‘Todd went back to his homework, but spun around quickly, remembering something.’
    • ‘Realising his mother was trying to get his attention, Morgan quickly spun around.’
    • ‘They quickly spun around and slashed the tree bark.’
    • ‘Nichole spun around quickly to see her brother Dorian behind her.’
    • ‘I spun around quickly, hiding the piece of paper behind my back.’
    • ‘He shoved her away from him and spun around quickly in agitation, running a hand roughly through his hair.’
    • ‘He spun round quickly so that he was almost facing her, and spoke in an urgent tone.’
    • ‘She jumped and spun around quickly, breaking away from the grasp.’
    • ‘It braced itself quickly, spun around, and bit Clayton square in the throat.’
    • ‘Quickly standing, she spun around and stared into the eyes of the captain.’
    • ‘I spun around quickly to see a man with light grey eyes staring at me.’
    revolve, rotate, turn, turn round, go round, whirl, gyrate, circle
    whirl, wheel, twirl, turn, swing, twist, swivel, pirouette, pivot, swirl
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    1. 1.1no object (of a person's head) give a sensation of dizziness.
      ‘the figures were enough to make her head spin’
      • ‘Her head was spinning and it wasn't from any of the alcohol she had consumed earlier.’
      • ‘My head is spinning and I'm badly bruised and shaken.’
      • ‘My head is spinning from trying to keep up with all the changing tales!’
      • ‘Perhaps you can sense this or perhaps you can't, but my head is still spinning from this album.’
      • ‘The smell of fish sauce sent my head spinning so I was trying to find Italian food instead in Bangkok.’
      • ‘My head is spinning, and I feel a huge sense of responsibility for my colleagues.’
      • ‘She tried to get up but it was too hard, her head spun and the dizziness overcame her.’
      • ‘My head is spinning with ideas and plans for my business venture.’
      • ‘Her head spun and she steadied herself on the bed.’
      • ‘As I stumble towards the bathroom, my head is spinning, and not just with worried thoughts of what it is that I got up to last night.’
      • ‘My head was spinning and I took a step closer to him.’
      • ‘Her head spun and her vision blurred from the effort but through the confusion she could see a faint light spread out from her hand and wash over her body.’
      • ‘Contrast me with a woman I know, a black single parent in her 40s, who is currently being harried by the government until her head is spinning.’
      • ‘We left him there, his head still spinning with thoughts of Minnie, and her delightful, exuberant girlishness.’
      • ‘I had no idea he was going to introduce me, and my head spun.’
      • ‘My head spun in so many directions I thought I would faint.’
      • ‘My head was spinning and when my name was called out I nearly fell through the floor.’
      • ‘William's head spun with shock and remorse as he read the words ‘my boyfriend’.’
      • ‘I must say my head is spinning as I contemplate these troublesome questions.’
      • ‘My head was spinning from all the whisky and I fell onto a chair.’
      reel, go round, whirl, be in a whirl, swim, be giddy, be dizzy
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    2. 1.2Cricket with object Impart a revolving motion to (a ball) when bowling.
      • ‘He stood up to the wickets when Shane Warne was still spinning the ball sharply and lost almost nothing in comparison with Ian Healy, one of the best members of a great tradition.’
      • ‘He spun the ball to Kleinjan Tromp who sent the ball wide for centre Gcobani Bobo to canter in and give the home side the lead for the first time in the match.’
      • ‘York took the line and spun the ball to Bass who burst through at least two tacklers to score.’
      • ‘Having been selected by Wisden as one of the five cricketers of the last century, Shane Warne has kept taking wickets and kept spinning the ball in the new century.’
      • ‘He gets up and spins the ball without ever being touched by a Falcon.’
    3. 1.3Cricket no object (of a ball) move through the air with a revolving motion.
      • ‘The keeper was also behind the second attempt, but somehow the ball spun away from him and over the line.’
      • ‘At least ‘Kim’ could get the ball spinning the right way and land it within 10 or 20 metres of a teammate.’
      • ‘This means that the ball spins less, so the combination of being further away and hitting it easier meant that it was almost impossible for him to spin it back off the green.’
      • ‘Winger John Ladell scored the first of his two tries after a galloping run from second-row Dave Preston set Kendal up to spin the ball wide.’
      • ‘The ball spun viciously, and forced a great touch from the keeper.’
      • ‘The ball spun away from him and Ormerod beat Kelly to tuck it inside the left hand post.’
      • ‘The ball spun for the Ecuadorean and he banged in a fierce shot which the goalkeeper could only palm away.’
      • ‘This had the effect of galvanising the visitors, with the ball spinning confidently down the line, pinning the home side briefly back against their line.’
      • ‘Uni scored first from a backline piece coming after a scrum about 20m out, with the ball spinning wide to winger Johnson Porykali.’
      • ‘As they pushed Stewartry, gaining a succession of penalties, the ball spun wide to be knocked on, ironically, by Smith with the line in sight.’
      • ‘Others, shaping to play defensively, were beaten by turn and Steve Kirby was disconcerted by a ball that spun the other way.’
      • ‘In the old days, they used to tell you to turn a little sideways and move into the pitch because the ball was spinning and would move away from the plate once it hit the dirt.’
      • ‘A glitter ball spins around in the rack room, throwing dots of white light into the studios and production area.’
      • ‘The Slieve Bloom keeper could only parry the ball and watch it spin into the top corner of the net.’
      • ‘Over the past few years, we have made a habit of winning on tailor-made pitches at home, where the ball spins viciously from day one.’
      • ‘From the resulting corner the same player powered in a header, but Steels keeper Richard Siddall half-blocked it and clawed the ball clear as it spun netwards.’
      • ‘The ball spun to Henry, who was brought down by Oakes.’
      • ‘A small globe, covered with lines, solidified into a blue, green, and white ball, spinning in blackness.’
      • ‘Lock Lee Evans scored the try of the match from a line-out 15 metres out when he caught the ball cleanly spun to his left and with good back-up surged through for the line.’
      • ‘Scotland's riposte was to gamely attempt to spin the ball wide, with Hinshelwood appearing twice in the line.’
      go round, turn round, rotate, whirl, pirouette, wheel
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    4. 1.4with object Shape (sheet metal) by pressure applied during rotation on a lathe.
      ‘spun metal components’
      • ‘First the brass plates were spun on a lathe over a wooden mold to create the font.’
  • 2with object Draw out (wool, cotton, or other material) and convert it into threads, either by hand or with machinery.

    ‘they spin wool into the yarn for weaving’
    • ‘Craftspeople spin cotton fabrics and weave strips of cloth that are sewn together to make durable garments.’
    • ‘Carding and spinning wool is fun, and the students used the results in many projects.’
    • ‘Visitors were also able to learn how to light fires and comb and spin wool.’
    • ‘In summer, in the shady regions by the Indus and in Nubra, wool is spun and winter blankets are woven.’
    • ‘Typically, American stocking factories spun their own wool into yarn or thread.’
    • ‘Aunt Betty often offered to spin neighbours' wool for them as a source of extra income.’
    • ‘Raw flax and wool was spun into yarn, this was then dyed or bleached, woven into cloth and then cut and sewn into the garments their families needed.’
    • ‘These fibres would then be spun in the same way as flax or wool.’
    • ‘The plan now is to get hold of some fleece or other spinnable fibre, infuse it with power from various herbs and additives, spin it into yarn using my magic spindle, then weave it into magical cloth.’
    • ‘The textile workshop spins local wool and uses natural dyes to produce an array of knitted, crocheted, and woven items.’
    • ‘Women sit spinning wool in front of the mud-brick church.’
    • ‘The animals are renowned for their fibre; the fleece they produce can be spun into expensive wool.’
    • ‘At first it had seemed such a good idea, to sit at the spinning wheel and spin the soft cream wool of her Jacob's sheep into fine woollen thread.’
    • ‘Women throughout the Andes can be seen spinning wool almost all day, even while sitting at the market or waiting for a bus.’
    • ‘In these interior images, figures read aloud, spin wool, and converse with one another.’
    • ‘The cleaned and carded wool would then be spun by spinsters.’
    • ‘Custom Woolen Mills continues to process and spin wool much the same way it was done in the late 1800s.’
    • ‘In another building, not far from where the sewing is taking place, cotton is spun into yarn and turned into a material.’
    • ‘In 1767, James Hargreaves, a Oswaldtwistle weaver, put East Lancashire on the map when he invented the Spinning Jenny, which was also used to spin wool.’
    • ‘Although we think of nylon as a material that is spun into fibers, the plastic has other uses as well.’
    1. 2.1 Make (threads) by drawing out and twisting fibers.
      ‘this method is used to spin filaments from syrups’
      • ‘He went inside and came across a beautiful woman spinning golden thread.’
      • ‘Yet, not even the largest hosiery mills of England spun their own thread.’
      • ‘She was on a production line that spins cotton thread onto the spools.’
      • ‘Woven into the cloth and fur are spun golden threads, the whole accursedly heavy piece of clothing made durable with the help of a little magic.’
      • ‘Edward had been very impressed at how quickly she could spin such an even thread.’
      • ‘He was told to spin jute yarn by a hand rotating machine, because of which his palms were blistered and, at times, bleeding.’
      • ‘She picked up the distaff and idly worked on spinning the threads once again, as if tartly trying to find an excuse not to look at him.’
      • ‘In Bulgarian ‘stretching the delight’ means to spin the yarn and to ‘have a glass of cold water’ means to be lied to.’
      • ‘Exceptionally soft bicomponent yarn is being spun with a new tandem spinning system.’
      • ‘There was a guy in there showing a girl how to spin yarn using a spindle.’
      • ‘Call me lazy, but I don't really want to grow my own cotton, spin my own thread, weave my own cloth, and sew a shirt out of it.’
      • ‘It's a mystery that ultimately is revealed as Cornelia spins her yarn for the man she has chosen to share her secret.’
      • ‘These strong, thick ropes are spun using hundreds and even thousands of steel wires.’
      • ‘They're spun of wool from free-range vegetarian Llamas.’
      • ‘The stalks of wheat could be spun and braided into many useful things.’
      • ‘Right-minded people will be envisaging finely spun threads of silver, woven together to form a delicate cord.’
      • ‘Most early weavers spun their own yarn and made their own dyes.’
      • ‘Our ancestors may have spun string long before our earliest record of it.’
      • ‘They are spun or twined in many ways to be used to tie a parcel, to tow or pull something, and to tie a ship to a dock.’
      • ‘About fifty young women and girls were bent over their sewing or spinning large quantities of thread.’
    2. 2.2 (of a spider or a silkworm or other insect) produce (gossamer or silk) or construct (a web or cocoon) by extruding a fine viscous thread from a special gland.
      • ‘Of the more than 37,000 species of spiders, all of them can make silk, but only about half use the silk to spin webs.’
      • ‘It cannot encounter them at all unless it transcends them to a world and then returns from it to particular entities, as a spider spins a web and encounters flies within it.’
      • ‘A spider's web was spun on his neck and on his right arm was a small blue swastika and an encircled A for anarchy.’
      • ‘On my girlfriend's front door I noticed a tiny spider spinning a web.’
      • ‘Then, both worker and queen larvae spin cocoons and pupate (undergo several changes to emerge as adult bees).’
      • ‘The far end of the manor was covered in ivy, as if a spider had spun its green web onto it.’
      • ‘Such meals exact a price, however: after chowing down on toxic aphids, spiders spin asymmetrical webs.’
      • ‘It was occupied by a large spider spinning a complex web across it.’
      • ‘After he ducked into a cave, a spider spun a web over the cave opening with such speed that his pursuers were sure that David could not be hiding within.’
      • ‘On the page, there were several spiders spinning a web that said ‘Insanity’.’
      • ‘As larvae feed, they spin silken threads, trapping the dying florets and their frass, giving the sunflower head a trashy appearance.’
      • ‘The process works somewhat like a spider spinning a web.’
      • ‘Unlike insects, spiders spin silks throughout their lives.’
      • ‘He jumped down, knife in hand, going down into the crater like a spider spinning a web.’
      • ‘I saw a spider's web and an insect larva beginning to spin a cocoon.’
      • ‘After all, shouldn't we know how spiders spin their webs in zero gravity?’
      • ‘The weavers return to the jungle early the next day to witness the large yellow and black spider spin her web.’
      • ‘For centuries, there would be nothing to look at, except the spiders spinning their webs.’
      • ‘After being encased in a cocoon spun by a spider, the spider pounces on Link.’
  • 3with object Give (a news story or other information) a particular interpretation, especially a favorable one.

    • ‘He and his team have sought out politically friendly journalists to spin the story in the media in the direction that makes him most comfortable.’
    • ‘Old Bolshies will spin this story to defend Lenin and Communism.’
    • ‘Plus you've got the Forth Estate firmly in the pocket of the Executive Branch, which means you never know just how this story will be spun to the voting public.’
    • ‘One early tactic was to spin the story as a business failure rather than a political scandal.’
    • ‘As an informed American, I think you would be alarmed at the way stories are spun or banned outright from the American people.’
    • ‘Of course, the reporter spun the story that way to make it seem like Mr. Bush is a fanatic under the spell of religious zealots.’
    • ‘Public relations firms spun stories to show why big oil companies were not at all to blame.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, the story is much more complex than the headline suggests and provides yet another example of the story being spun to meet a commercial agenda.’
    • ‘The alternative Houston weekly that broke the story spun the tale as one of Olafson using his blog to rat on local politicians.’
    • ‘This time, they try to spin the story as a ‘legal way to download music.’’
    • ‘However, it's still a bit surprising today to see Eolas trying to spin yesterday's story as good news for them.’
    • ‘Because no one would be physically present at the event, waving banners or singing songs, the company/media/government could spin the story however they liked.’
    • ‘Now that the ‘Kodee Kennings’ letters to her father have been revealed as fakes, how does the AP spin the story?’
    • ‘They spin the story from an African American perspective, making us the center, not the periphery of the story.’
    • ‘I expect the British media to spin the story, to tell us selective or partial truths… that's an inevitable consequence of being human, really.’
    • ‘They could spin stories with gentle liberal bias, and only a few eyes would roll.’
    • ‘You would have to be fairly frightened to spin the story of those young people's deaths so that the cause was a law that protects a living creature.’
  • 4no object Fish with a spinner.

    ‘they were spinning for salmon in the lake’
    • ‘These times are usually when spinning or when I fish with feeders or when on holiday, when I cannot guarantee the security of my gear, especially when camping.’
    • ‘Always vary your retrieve, just as though you were spinning.’
    • ‘The best fishing is by boat (hire included in the package price) with spinning or trolling both successful.’
    • ‘That's the moment to be there, at the junctions, spinning in the clearing water.’
    • ‘It's a real brute of a rod and when allied with a very big fixed spool reel is perfect for spinning or for fish up to fifty pounds or so.’
    • ‘Over the next few weeks I sussed out the tide timetable and went down to the creek for a few hours spinning on a regular basis.’
    • ‘Most of the fish were caught spinning and worming but a number were taken on bubble and fly towards the end of the week.’
    • ‘Well, you can spin for them and that's great fun.’
    • ‘When spinning, plug or bait fishing the weight of the lure or bait will take the line out.’
    • ‘It would be ideal for those days when I take a beginner fly fishing or spinning.’
    • ‘The 10 Hexagraph Multispin is rated as a salmon spinning rod.’
    • ‘James Donnelly had his first ever salmon while spinning.’
    • ‘I had swapped rods with Sarah and she was spinning with the 40 lb line as that rod set up was lighter for spinning.’
    • ‘In addition, there were quite a few between 3 and 5 lb caught, mostly all to spinning and worm fishing.’
    • ‘You can spin / plug, cast baits from a beach, floatfish, bottom-fish and and even troll from a boat for fish up to 100 lb or so with it.’
    • ‘You can spin for the Arctic char but it's a travesty if you do so.’
    • ‘Trolling with artificial baits, the use of dead or live baits, spinning and float fishing were the types of fishing in the Gulf.’
    • ‘Another way to fish for mackerel is to spin with lures or sandeels.’
    • ‘Eddie Murphy from Carlow rounded off the day with a 10 lb fish taken on while spinning.’
    • ‘Barbless hooks are used for the fly-fishing and only one triple-hook or three single hooks are allowed for spinning.’


  • 1A rapid turning or whirling motion.

    ‘he concluded the dance with a double spin’
    • ‘It was a simple spin to turn his back toward the assassin.’
    • ‘Starting with the German Wheel act, Canadian Shayne Courtright deftly balanced himself in his spins, turns, twists of a wheel without losing ground.’
    • ‘I flew across the ice doing various jumps, spins, and dance steps.’
    • ‘Two weeks prior to this accident I carried out a maintenance test flight on a military trainer that included several multi turn full spins and recoveries.’
    • ‘As a fired bullet travels through the barrel, the grooves guide the bullet and give it a rapid spin.’
    • ‘It took me five weeks of intensive training to learn 10 cabaret dance numbers, double spins on two-inch heels, but I got it in the end.’
    • ‘In the free skating discipline, a skater performs jumps, spins, and free skating movements.’
    • ‘And even if I come off wrong, I still have to go through the motions of the spin, but I know that I'm going to fall.’
    • ‘This affects the action of the blades in spins and jumps.’
    • ‘Finally, the word went out to the judges that well executed spins should be properly rewarded.’
    • ‘Riders are judged on tricks which include spins, loops and jumps - as high as 50 ft off the water.’
    • ‘In skating, this pre-stretching of the muscles is used in jumps, spins and turns.’
    • ‘To topple their rivals, Zhao dreams of launching Shen into mid-air with the spin to whirl an additional 360 degrees and still touch down in stride.’
    • ‘We should see lots of winding hip movements, turns and plenty of spins.’
    • ‘I kept on skating ahead of him, gathering more and more momentum and doing a complex combination of twirls, spins, and turns.’
    • ‘I took a bit more time to fool around flying the chute, doing turns and spins, and also having a better look around.’
    • ‘Tiffani and John do theirs, and we progress through all the jumps and spins.’
    • ‘Sans its right engine, the skimmer shot hard to the right, and the rider swerved left to avoid it as it whirled in a sickening spin and crashed to the ground.’
    • ‘He paced around the baseline, trying different spins and strokes as if running some sort of advanced testing programme.’
    • ‘Mr. Callaghan has taught me how important spins and connecting steps are in addition to high quality jumps in a program.’
    rotation, revolution, turn, whirl, twirl, gyration
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    1. 1.1 Revolving motion imparted to a ball in a game such as baseball, cricket, tennis, or billiards.
      ‘this racket enables the player to impart more spin to the ball’
      • ‘He also showed tighter spin on his breaking ball.’
      • ‘This gives him momentum and sets him up for the moment of delivery, when his unusually supple wrists impart prodigious spin to the ball.’
      • ‘It might, except that the heavy right spin placed on the cue ball imparts a small amount of left spin to the object ball.’
      • ‘There is a persisting myth in Indian cricket that spin is more important than pace.’
      • ‘The clubface will be closing when it contacts the ball, imparting right-to-left spin.’
      • ‘If we made a change to the ball's spin rate, for example, that would give some players an advantage over others.’
      • ‘So just as a leg spinner imparts spin through the wrist action so does Muralitharan.’
      • ‘Because the ground ball's spin caused it to move away from Tejada, he dived after it.’
      • ‘They put on a demonstration match for pupils at each school, showing some of the techniques, such as ball spin, involved in playing table tennis.’
      • ‘And what that does is that again adds greater spin to the ball.’
      • ‘Even a slightly damp clubface hinders your ability to impart spin on the ball, reducing your ability to draw and fade the shot on command.’
      • ‘The physics of this action will impart right to-left spin on the ball and produce a soft draw.’
      • ‘Muralitharan's injured left shoulder is recovering by the day and, according to Whatmore, he is imparting as much spin as ever.’
      • ‘The rifled portion of the tube imparts spin to the projectile increasing stability in flight.’
      • ‘Some rotation of the wrist may be required in order to impart a slight carrying spin to get it into the basket.’
      • ‘The difficulty of landing the power meter within the sweet spot AND putting spin on the ball is nice, but it can be difficult.’
      • ‘This spin on the ball causes it to travel in a straighter line.’
      • ‘For me the star attraction of the team was the mystery spinner from Australia, Jack Iverson, who took to cricket after practising spin with a table tennis ball.’
      • ‘The scientists hope the findings will be used to fine-tune the aerodynamics of soccer balls and to design boots that impart spin to the ball more effectively.’
      • ‘Though someone like Kumble might be a glorious exception, spinners need to flight the ball to achieve spin, unless they are bowling on a vicious turner.’
    2. 1.2usually in singular An uncontrolled fast revolving descent of an aircraft, resulting from a stall.
      ‘he tried to stop the plane from going into a spin’
      • ‘The airplane spin is one of Bryan Danielson's most devastating moves.’
      • ‘The strange characteristic about an inverted spin, according to one pilot, is that yaw is opposite to roll and can be quite disorienting.’
      • ‘One of my classmates and his instructor could not get the plane out of a spin during practice and both bailed out.’
      • ‘Somehow, he managed to come out of the spin and slow his speed to from hypersonic to subsonic.’
      • ‘The spin was recoverable but a great deal of altitude was lost in the recovery process and the Allies would later prey upon this weakness.’
      • ‘I had a great time for myself, doing all the stunts and get into some funny positions and finally when trying to do two rolls at the top of a loop, the plane went into an outside spin.’
      • ‘A couple of minutes before landing, the helicopter goes into a spin, and the ground seems to be coming up pretty fast.’
      • ‘Controls were also reported to be heavy when flying at high speeds, or at the beginning of a spin or snap roll.’
      • ‘He thought the aircraft was going almost straight down during the spin.’
      • ‘The pilots were shot and killed instantly and had slumped over the controls, sending the plane into a spin.’
      • ‘The Texan then entered a spin, descended rapidly and collided with the ground.’
      • ‘When the pilot attempted to fly in a vertical direction to create a stall, the aircraft was forced into a spin.’
      • ‘An airplane in a spin does not gain airspeed and its rate of descent is relatively slow.’
      • ‘His brother was an airplane pilot, and one day he was out solo, got into a spin, apparently couldn't recover, and went in with the airplane.’
      • ‘The aircraft then assumed a slightly nose high attitude, snap rolled, and entered a spin before disappearing from sight.’
      • ‘I continued to climb but saw the turn indicator go hard right and the altimeter unwinding - ingredients for an involuntary spin.’
      • ‘Our instructor took each of us up to demonstrate how to pull out of a spin.’
    3. 1.3trademark
      ‘an hour-long spin class’
      short for spinning
      ‘spin can be tough but it's the best cardio/muscle workout’
      • ‘Joining a class such as Yoga, Pilates, or Spin should guarantee you a proper insight into how your body works.’
      • ‘I'm going to take a few spin classes per week, and maybe do some more yoga.’
      • ‘After the market closes, he unwinds by working as a spin instructor instructor at a few health clubs around town.’
      • ‘There will be two new aerobic studios including a spin studio and a cardio theatre entertainment system.’
      • ‘This week also saw Kevin participate in his first spin class, which gave him a good cardio vascular workout.’
    4. 1.4Physics The intrinsic angular momentum of a subatomic particle.
      • ‘But any particle with integer intrinsic spin angular momentum is a boson.’
      • ‘This symmetry relates to the spin angular momentum of fundamental particles.’
      • ‘Electron spins are easier to detect than nuclear spins because an electron's magnetic moment is 658 times stronger than a proton's.’
      • ‘Both the spin and orbital angular momentum of a beam can always be calculated from the transverse components of linear momentum.’
      • ‘So it not only gives you a consistent description, but it does so in a way that inevitably points out that the electron must have a spin and a magnetic moment.’
  • 2informal in singular A brief trip in a vehicle for pleasure.

    ‘a spin around town’
    • ‘He makes trouble for Mathieu, even ‘borrowing’ his Volvo for a spin through town.’
    • ‘This Saturday, take a spin through the eight tour venues and see how it's being done.’
    • ‘She also managed to go for a spin in an Army armoured vehicle, having wandered over to a tank-washing installation to see if she could have her picture taken sitting on one of the machines.’
    • ‘The trip offers a local spin, like libations at a logger bar and a shuttle back to Schweitzer in county school buses.’
    • ‘Today, you can not only take a virtual spin in an Express LT - you can also drive the real thing.’
    • ‘I'll gladly swap my Teacup ride for a spin on the Waltzer, but I'll keep my Teacup repeat rider ticket in my wallet, just in case.’
    • ‘But, from the gently used lot, there is no chance you'd plop down your thousands for a ride you hadn't taken for a spin.’
    • ‘Plus there were the ones used as Green Line coaches, and I took a spin on a very comfortable one which was offering free rides up to Seven Sisters and back.’
    • ‘I can see how hard it would be for him to resist the temptation to take a little spin, and he must have thought he could drive it, because he's taking driving lessons.’
    • ‘We took the DA - 9000 for a long spin and found it to be a less than smooth ride.’
    • ‘Look out for the MF03 Mini sponsored by Williams, taking a spin through the town with our models.’
    • ‘A day at Dublin Zoo, a trip to Mount Usher and even a spin on the new Luas and around the rejuvenated city centre was most enjoyable for all.’
    • ‘We continued our driving tour with a little spin through downtown and up Yonge Street before we turned east on Bloor Street.’
    • ‘In this game, you get to strap into a NASCAR ride and take it for a spin against 24 other drivers.’
    • ‘PAUL KIRKWOOD takes a spin through the Sherwood Pines after his first choice of ride went pop…’
    • ‘Unable to wait, though, we got some golfers to take MobiGolf round Turnberry for a test spin.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that most offices require boat renters to attend training before they're allowed to take the boat out for a spin.’
    trip, jaunt, outing, excursion, short journey, expedition, sally
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  • 3in singular A particular bias, interpretation, or point of view, intended to create a favorable (or sometimes, unfavorable) impression when presented to the public.

    ‘he tried to put a positive spin on the president's campaign’
    • ‘National Geographic magazine has only presented the positive spin about the dating methods.’
    • ‘But if they are of the mind to, they can read it with a positive spin.’
    • ‘I can understand your role in putting a positive spin on what Government is doing in fighting crime, but why is it we are not seeing the tangible results of these moves on the ground?’
    • ‘Why were the results from these studies presented with such a positive spin on tight blood glucose control when the results seem to show a benefit of metformin over sulphonylureas and insulin?’
    • ‘This leaves room for some to develop a meritocratic spin on the capitalist system.’
    • ‘Children in rural Cambodia put a new spin on information technology and bikers get in on the act too.’
    • ‘He was inclined to put the best spin on any socialist initiative.’
    • ‘Although some may protest about ‘sexing up’ poor performance data, ‘creative accounting’ adds a positive spin.’
    • ‘I suppose if we put a positive spin on things, if the 3.73 was outperformed by the 3.46, we'd have some real problems.’
    • ‘In the field were a mass of tables and charts and diagrams, explanations of things people had done in years past, trying to put a new spin on old information.’
    • ‘And if, for once, their clubs don't do the talking, rest assured they will still put a favourable spin on things when they enter the media arena.’
    • ‘Some boards like to put a positive spin on it as they did when I was on the board of trustees for a very large girls school.’
    • ‘The Conference of Mayors made a somewhat bizarre attempt to put a positive spin on the survey's findings.’
    • ‘Overall, Karaoke Revolution is a creative spin on the rhythm genre.’
    • ‘Caught between two rebellions, one inside and one outside the conference centre, officials sought to put a positive spin on the events.’
    • ‘Despite efforts to put a positive spin on the outcome, the only concrete decision was that negotiations would continue.’
    • ‘So ultimately, there is a positive spin to this news item.’
    • ‘Much of the source material was from economic development agencies and while they may have presented a positive spin about its plans, each region was tested in the same way.’
    • ‘Not to put too fine a point on it, this is the positive spin to which the nation is entitled to cling, for the moment at least, with Scotland lying third in a bunched-up table.’
    slant, angle, twist, bias
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  • spin one's wheels

    • informal Waste one's time or efforts.

      • ‘So for at least five of the last eight years, I was just spinning my wheels.’
      • ‘We are spinning our wheels while falling further behind.’
      • ‘This girl is going places - she's one precision driver who won't be spinning her wheels.’
      • ‘I'm just spinning my wheels, getting ready to turn 30.’
      • ‘‘In a start-up environment, you're spinning your wheels if you only meet once or twice a month,’ says Meyer, 34.’
      • ‘‘There's no point spinning your wheels with a light rail program that will never pass in Vancouver,’ she said.’
      • ‘You're probably right about us spinning our wheels, so I'll move on.’
      • ‘But let's not spin our wheels with the siren song of cool-sounding phrases and poorly thought out arguments.’
      • ‘Since one of the main benefits of weightlifting is to increase bone strength and density, you're simply spinning your wheels in the gym if you're chronically low on calcium.’
      • ‘It's a show mainly fueled by ire: If his guests are courteous and prepared, he spins his wheels.’
  • spin a yarn

    • Tell a long, far-fetched story.

      • ‘Pa, for his part, noticed that I was drinking non-alcoholic Beck's and started spinning a yarn about this other new non-alc beer called Posh.’
      • ‘He tells his crew not to spin a yarn when making requests, but to realize that financial managers understand facilities are important.’
      • ‘The Oscar-nominated Perlman, who's worked extensively in children's TV, manages to spin a yarn about bullying that's both entertaining and thoughtful.’
      • ‘He would also like to see it used during TV interviews with politicians, so audiences could tell whether they were being spun a yarn.’
      • ‘When a local girl gets killed, they entertain themselves spinning a yarn around school about a serial killer who is preying on prep schools like their own.’
      • ‘Clearly Harris would not have devoted all her considerable energies into spinning a yarn if she did not have something to say as well.’
      • ‘Curtis spins a yarn that is ultimately hopeful, even heroic.’
      • ‘Putting his brother's affair with Testyr out of his mind, Unadel listened with fondness to Thraen spinning a yarn about hunting bears in these parts, armed with nothing but a trusty old sling.’
      • ‘He condemns all of the guests initially, disgusted by their attitudes towards him, but finds fun in spinning a yarn about how he has just robbed next door when he is accepted as a guest.’
      • ‘THIS IS probably one place where spinning a yarn is not something that will be frowned upon.’
      • ‘But he still had appeal, and could still spin a yarn.’
      • ‘I feel so let down I have been spun a yarn from start to finish.’
      • ‘Shanley spins a yarn powerful enough to draw old-fashioned gasps from the audience.’
      • ‘The art of spinning a yarn has been part of Australian outback culture since the first Irishman strode into the desert and lived to tell about it.’
      • ‘Over ten years, I have developed the knack of looking as if I believe every word I'm being told yet knowing when I'm being spun a yarn!’
      • ‘Clancy takes an historical event - the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II - and spins a yarn around how the KGB tried to do it, and how his heroes in the CIA and MI6 tried to prevent it.’
      • ‘A cracker bus driver refuses to let him aboard, and our hero coolly spins a yarn about being a wounded veteran of the Normandy landings which shames the man into submission.’
      • ‘Barrie Rutter's direction is plain but satisfying and his production intimate and robust, never losing sight of the fact that it is spinning a yarn.’
      • ‘Ryan has an eye for detail and a knack for spinning a yarn from many loose threads, and these talents make the book highly readable.’
      tell, recount, relate, narrate, unfold, weave
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Phrasal Verbs

  • spin something off

    • (of a parent company) turn a subsidiary into a new and separate company.

      • ‘The companies began as subsidiaries of Cabletron, with the plan to eventually spin them off as separate public companies.’
      • ‘And he's hinted that he'd like to combine all his satellite assets into one unit and spin it off publicly.’
      • ‘But the new parent grew wary of its subsidiary's risky hazardous waste work and sought to spin it off five years later.’
      • ‘The company could sell the unit or go ahead with its original plan of spinning it off as a separate entity.’
      • ‘Selling it or spinning it off would also raise needed cash.’
      • ‘Profits have rocketed since the company started buying assets around the world and spinning them off into separately listed trusts which, so far, have gone on to outperform the wider markets.’
      • ‘Well, many companies in the service industry support manufacturers and in some cases have been spun off from them.’
      • ‘Eventually, it was spun off into a separate corporate entity with the mandate to dominate the Canadian market in the refinancing, rebuilding and running of aging public municipal infrastructure.’
      • ‘If the dismal finances persist, some carriers may try to unlock the value of their miles programs by spinning them off as separate publicly traded companies.’
      • ‘The bankers told us it was a fantastic opportunity to create a separate entity, spin it off, and make lots of money.’
  • spin out

    • (of a driver or car) lose control, especially in a skid.

      • ‘Their van, Big Blue, slid into the side of one truck and sent them spinning out of control, slamming them into the other truck.’
      • ‘Adam loses control of the steering wheel and begins to spin out of control just as Alex and Megan come into sight.’
      • ‘Lauda's Ferrari spun out of control and hit the Armco barrier on the inside of one of the circuit's many corners.’
      • ‘Brakes screech, tires skid, and cars seem to spin out of control.’
      • ‘Under the aegis of professional Swedish ice rally drivers, we spent much time gleefully spinning out of control into the deeper snow at the edge of the course.’
      • ‘In a split second, his wheel had hit against the ground and he spun out of control.’
      • ‘The shells ricochet off for a while, then hit home as the Kratch ship loses a wing and spins out of control.’
      • ‘His rear wheels skidded and the car began to spin out of control, flying across the track and into the path of another driver.’
      • ‘Some guy in the lane next to them spun out of control and hit them on the passenger side.’
      • ‘Ryan jerked the wheel of the Mustang to the left but with the road being icy and the jerk, the Mustang spun out of control.’
  • spin something out

    • 1Make something last as long as possible.

      ‘they seem keen to spin out the debate through their speeches and interventions’
      • ‘The political calculation may be to spin things out as long as possible in order to obtain the release of hostages in batches or to negotiate.’
      • ‘Franchised dealers normally use manuals giving a set labour time for each job, so they can't spin a job out to rack up their fees.’
      • ‘They were simply spinning things out, partly to prolong his agony.’
      • ‘Myers and the other screenwriters took the slim material and spun it out to feature length without falling into the pitfalls that snared other SNL-based productions.’
      • ‘Dibnah became famous in 1978 after a projected 20-minute film about the life of a steeplejack was spun out for 19 weeks.’
      • ‘He certainly showed more class than his odious litigation-loving vice-presidential sidekick who seemed determined to spin the matter out forever.’
      • ‘I'm pretty sure they'll manage to spin the series out, E Randy.’
      • ‘I would have thought it could sensibly be done in half an hour, but the courts who decide these confusing name cases seem to be able to spin them out for months.’
      • ‘I wonder if I can spin that horse thing out to 300 words?’
      • ‘If the police ask us to move we move, but we will argue, spin things out a bit until someone talks to us.’
      • ‘It is not to spin the crisis out as long as possible in the hope that it becomes a damaging election issue.’
      • ‘‘I'm sure the fact I was providing security for her was part of it, but it wasn't just about the money, otherwise she could have spun things out longer,’ Thomson said.’
      prolong, protract, draw out, stretch out, drag out, string out, extend, extend the duration of, carry on, keep going, keep alive, continue
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      1. 1.1Spend or occupy time aimlessly or without profit.
        ‘Shane and Mary played games to spin out the afternoon’
        • ‘I sometimes feel I screwed up my entire life, and the past 8 or 10 years have just been spinning it out further and further so that now it's unsalvageable.’


Old English spinnan ‘draw out and twist (fiber’); related to German spinnen. The noun dates from the mid 19th century.