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"reel" in British English

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reelnoun [C]

uk   us   /rɪəl/

reelverb [I]

uk   us   /rɪəl/
to ​walk, ​moving from ​side to ​side, ​looking like you are going to ​fall: At ​closingtime 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 ​stonehit his ​head and the ​street reeled before his ​eyes. If you reel, or ​yourmind or ​brain reels, you ​feel very ​confused or ​shocked and ​unable to ​act: We were reeling (inamazement/​shock/​delight, etc.) from/with the ​news that we had ​won all that ​money.
(Definition of reel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"reel" in American English

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reelnoun [C]

 us   /ril/
  • reel noun [C] (HOLDER)

a round or ​cylindricaldevice on which a ​rope, ​wire, ​film, or other ​long, ​thinstrip or ​object is ​rolled, or the ​amount of something ​stored on this: a reel of ​film

reelverb [I]

 us   /ril/
  • reel verb [I] (MOVE)

to move from ​side to ​side as if you are going to ​fall while ​walking or ​standing: Reeling a ​bit, he ​tripped and ​fell. If you reel, or ​yourmind or ​brain reels, you ​feel very ​confused or ​shocked: Our ​team is reeling from five ​straightlosses.
(Definition of reel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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