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spin

verb  us   /spɪn/ (present participle spinning, past tense and past participle spun  /spʌn/ )

spin verb (TURN)

[I/T] to turn around and around, or to cause something or someone to turn: [I] The earth spins on its axis. [I] She heard footsteps behind her, and spun around to see who was there. [T] The slight contact spun Joyce around.

spin verb (MAKE THREAD)

[T] to make thread by twisting fibers, or to produce something using thread: Cotton is spun into thread. Spiders spin webs.

spin

noun  us   /spɪn/

spin noun (WAY OF REPRESENTING)

[U] a particular way of representing an event or situation to the public so that it will be understood in a way that you want it to be understood: They tried to put a positive/negative spin on the story (= They tried to make it seem better or worse), but nobody was fooled. To understand spin, he said, is to understand that you get your story told without getting your fingerprints on it.

spin noun (TRIP)

[C] a short trip taken for pleasure, usually in a car: We went for a spin in Bill’s new car.

spin noun (TURN)

[C/U] a fast turning movement: [C] I hit a patch of ice in the road, which sent the car into a spin.
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