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1‘the bike lay on the grass, wheels still spinning’
revolve, rotate, turn, turn round, go round, whirl, gyrate, circle
2‘Lisa spun round to face him’
whirl, wheel, twirl, turn, swing, twist, swivel, pirouette, pivot, swirl
3‘her head was spinning’
reel, go round, whirl, be in a whirl, swim, be giddy, be dizzy
4‘she spun me a yarn about her husband running off to Poland’
tell, recount, relate, narrate, unfold, weave
concoct, invent, fabricate, make up
1‘a spin of the wheel’
rotation, revolution, turn, whirl, twirl, gyration
2‘the agency fought hard to put a positive spin on the campaign's progress’
slant, angle, twist, bias
3‘he took Lily for a spin in the car’
trip, jaunt, outing, excursion, short journey, expedition, sally
drive, ride, run, turn, airing
informal tootle, joyride
Scottish informal hurl
‘the longer you can spin out the negotiations the better’
prolong, protract, draw out, stretch out, drag out, string out, extend, extend the duration of, carry on, keep going, keep alive, continue
expand, enlarge, fill out, pad out, amplify, lengthen
cut short, curtail
agitated, flustered, in a panic, worked up, beside oneself, overwrought, frantic
in a flap, in a fluster, in a state, in a dither, all of a dither, in a tizz, in a tizzy, in a tiz-woz
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