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English definition of “reel sth in/out”

reel sth in/out

verb [I] uk phrasal verb with reel   /rɪəl/ us  
to pull in a rope or an object on the end of a rope by turning a wheel round and round, or to release something in the same way: Slowly the fisherman reeled in his line, bringing the fish ashore. The firemen reeled out the hoses from their fire engine.
(Definition of reel sth in/out from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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