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spin

verb uk   us   /spɪn/ (present participle spinning, past tense spun, past participle UK also span)

spin verb (TURN)

C1 [I or T] to (cause to) turn around and around, especially fast: The Earth spins on its axis. The roulette players silently watched the wheel spin around/round. He was killed when his car hit a tree and spun off the road. Spin the ball (= make it turn around and around as you throw it) and it will change direction when it hits the ground.head/room spins If your head or the room spins, you feel as if it is turning around and around, and you cannot balance: The room started spinning and I felt faint.
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spin verb (MAKE THREAD)

[I or T] to make thread by twisting fibres , or to produce something using thread: The final stage of the production of cotton is when it is spun into thread. Spiders spin webs.
spin (sb) a story/tale/yarn to tell a story, either to deceive someone or for entertainment: He spun some tale about needing to take time off work because his mother was ill. [+ two objects] They spun us a story about being in desperate need of money.

spin verb (DRIVE)

[I + adv/prep] informal (of a vehicle) to move quickly, or to move quickly in a vehicle: We were spinning along, when suddenly one of our tyres burst. Chris spun past in a flashy new car.

spin

noun uk   us   /spɪn/

spin noun (TURN)

[C or U] the movement of something turning round very quickly: I hit something on the road, which sent the car into a spin. Suddenly, the plane went into a spin. These clothes need another spin (= to be turned round very fast in a machine to get water out of them) - they're still very wet. She put a lot of spin on the ball (= threw or hit it in a way that made it spin).

spin noun (CHANGE IDEAS)

[S or U] informal a way of describing an idea or situation that makes it seem better than it really is, especially in politics: They have tried to put a positive spin on the situation. This report puts a different spin on the issue.

spin noun (DRIVE)

[C usually singular] old-fashioned informal a short journey in a car for pleasure: Rupert took me for a spin in his new car.
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