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reel

noun [C] uk   /rɪəl/ us  

reel noun [C] (HOLDER)

a round, wheel-shaped object on which sewing thread, fishing wire, film, etc. can be rolled, or the amount of thread, etc. stored on one of these

reel noun [C] (DANCE)

a fast Scottish or Irish dance, or the music for this

reel

verb [I] uk   /rɪəl/ us  
to walk, moving from side to side, looking like you are going to fall: At closing time he reeled out of the bar and fell down on the pavement. She hit him so hard that he reeled backwards. If the place where you are reels, what you are looking at seems to go round and round in front of you: A stone hit his head and the street reeled before his eyes. If you reel, or your mind or brain reels, you feel very confused or shocked and unable to act: We were reeling (in amazement/shock/delight, etc.) from/with the news that we had won all that money.
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