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spin Idioms & Phrases


electron spin resonance

  • noun microwave spectroscopy in which there is resonant absorption of radiation by a paramagnet
    electron paramagnetic resonance; ESR.
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go for a spin take a spin

  • take a trip in a wheeled vehicle, usu. an automobile.
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spin around

  • verb revolve quickly and repeatedly around one's own axis
    reel; whirl; spin; gyrate.
    • The dervishes whirl around and around without getting dizzy
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spin doctor

  • noun a public relations person who tries to forestall negative publicity by publicizing a favorable interpretation of the words or actions of a company or political party or famous person
    spinmeister.
    • his title is Director of Communications but he is just a spin doctor
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spin drier

  • noun a clothes dryer that uses centrifugal motion to dry the clothes that are put into it
    spin drier.
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spin dryer

  • noun a clothes dryer that uses centrifugal motion to dry the clothes that are put into it
    spin drier.
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spin off

  • verb produce as a consequence of something larger
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spin out

  • verb prolong or extend
    spin.
    • spin out a visit
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spin the bottle

  • noun a game in which a player spins a bottle and kisses the person that it points to when it stops spinning
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spin the plate

  • noun a game in which something round (as a plate) is spun on edge and the name of a player is called; the named player must catch the spinning object before it falls or pay a forfeit
    spin the plate.
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spin the platter

  • noun a game in which something round (as a plate) is spun on edge and the name of a player is called; the named player must catch the spinning object before it falls or pay a forfeit
    spin the plate.
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spin-dry

  • verb dry (clothes) by spinning and making use of centrifugal forces
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spin-off

  • noun a product made during the manufacture of something else
    byproduct; by-product.
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spinning frame

  • noun spinning machine that draws, twists, and winds yarn
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spinning jenny

  • noun an early spinning machine with multiple spindles
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spinning machine

  • noun a textile machine for spinning yarn and thread
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spinning rod

  • noun a fishing rod designed for casting a spinning lure
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spinning top

  • noun a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin
    teetotum; top; whirligig.
    • he got a bright red top and string for his birthday
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spinning wheel

  • noun a small domestic spinning machine with a single spindle that is driven by hand or foot
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spun sugar

  • noun a candy made by spinning sugar that has been boiled to a high temperature
    cotton candy; candyfloss.
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spun yarn

  • noun (nautical) small stuff consisting of a lightweight rope made of several rope yarns loosely wound together
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ten-spined stickleback

  • noun confined to rivers
    Gasterosteus pungitius.
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three-spined stickleback

  • noun of rivers and coastal regions
    Gasterosteus aculeatus.
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To spin a yarn

  • (Naut.), to tell a story, esp. a long or fabulous tale.
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To spin hay

  • (Mil.), to twist it into ropes for convenient carriage on an expedition.
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To spin street yarn

  • to gad about gossiping. Collog.
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web-spinning mite

  • noun a mite that spins a web
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yarn-spinning

  • adjective satellite inclined to tell long and involved stories (often of incredible happenings)
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