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1‘leaves whirled in eddies of wind’
rotate, turn, turn round, go round, revolve, circle, wheel, orbit, pivot, swivel, gyrate, spin, roll, twirl, pirouette
2‘Sybil stood waving as they whirled past’
hurry, speed, race, run, sprint, dash, bolt, dart, rush, hasten, hurtle, career, streak, shoot, whizz, zoom, go like lightning, go hell for leather, spank along, bowl along, rattle along, whoosh, buzz, swoop, flash, blast, charge, stampede, gallop, sweep, hare, fly, wing, scurry, scud, scutter, scramble
informal belt, pelt, tear, hotfoot it, leg it, zap, zip, whip, scoot, go like a bat out of hell
British informal bomb, bucket, shift, go like the clappers
Scottish informal wheech
North American informal clip, boogie, hightail, barrel
North American vulgar slang drag ass, haul ass, tear ass
archaic post, hie
3‘his mind was whirling’
spin, reel, go round, be in a whirl, swim, be giddy, feel giddy, be dizzy, feel dizzy
1‘he was gone in a whirl of dust’
swirl, flurry, eddy
2‘all part of the mad social whirl’
hurly-burly, hectic activity, bustle, rush, flurry, to-do, fuss, panic, turmoil
3‘her life was a whirl of parties’
succession, series, sequence, progression, string, chain, cycle, round, merry-go-round
4‘Laura's mind was in a whirl’
spin, daze, stupor, muddle, jumble
5‘the only way to find out was to give it a whirl’
try, try-out, test
informal go, shot, bash, stab
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