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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 theseCinema - general wordsKnitting and sewingFishingCommercial fishing

reel noun [C] (DANCE)

a fast Scottish or Irish dance, or the music for thisMusical piecesNames of dances

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.Moving unsteadily or with difficulty 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.Revolving, rotating and spinningHeadaches and dizziness 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.Puzzle and confuseDifficult to understand
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