Definition of spin something out in US English:

spin something out

phrasal verb

  • 1Make something last as long as possible.

    ‘they seem keen to spin out the debate through their speeches and interventions’
    • ‘I'm pretty sure they'll manage to spin the series out, E Randy.’
    • ‘I wonder if I can spin that horse thing out to 300 words?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘If the police ask us to move we move, but we will argue, spin things out a bit until someone talks to us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is not to spin the crisis out as long as possible in the hope that it becomes a damaging election issue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were simply spinning things out, partly to prolong his agony.’
    • ‘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.’
    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. 1.1 Spend 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.’