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spin sth out

verb uk phrasal verb with spin   /spɪn/ ( present participle spinning, past tense spun, past participle UK also span) us  
to make something such as an activity or story last longer than usual or necessary, or as long as possible: Can we spin our holiday out for a few more days? Somehow, she managed to spin her story out so that it took her the whole train journey to tell it.
Translations of “spin sth out”
in Chinese (Traditional) 把…延長, 盡可能拖長…
in Russian затягивать, растягивать…
in Turkish uzattıkça uzatmak, gereksiz yere uzatmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 把…延长, 尽可能拖长…
in Polish przeciągać coś…
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