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whirl

verb [I or T] uk   /wɜːl/  us   /wɝːl/
to (cause something to) turn around in circles: She saw a mass of bodies whirling round on the dance floor. He stepped out into the night and the whirling snow. He whirled her round until she felt quite sick.

whirl

noun uk   /wɜːl/  us   /wɝːl/

whirl noun (ACTIVITY)

[S] a continuous and exciting period of activity: The next two days passed in a whirl of activity. I found myself swept up in the social whirl of college life and scarcely had time for work.

whirl noun (TURN)

[C usually singular] the action of turning around in circles or something that turns around in circles: a whirl of snow
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