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coil around (someone or something)

To twist around someone or something. A reflexive pronoun can be used between "coil" and "around." The explorer froze when he felt the snake coil itself around his leg. That vine is now coiling around the tree—is there any way I can move it?
See also: around, coil

coil up

To curl oneself or something into a small, compact position. A noun or pronoun can be used between "coil" and "up." The snake coiled itself up and began hissing at us. Coil up that hose when you're done with it.
See also: coil, up

coil up into (something)

To curl oneself or something into a certain shape. A noun or pronoun can be used between "coil" and "up." Unfortunately, the yarn in this basket is all coiled up into a ball—it'll take some time to untangle it.
See also: coil, up

coil (itself) around someone or something

[for something or an animal] to wrap itself around someone or something. The monkey's tail coiled itself around the branch. The huge python coiled around poor Roger.
See also: around, coil

coil (itself) up

[for something] to wrap or roll itself into a coil. The snake coiled itself up, trying to hide. It coiled up, ready to strike.
See also: coil, up

coil (itself) up into something

[for something] to wrap or twist itself into a particular shape. The frightened snaked coiled itself up into a knot. The spring coiled up into its original shape.
See also: coil, up

coil something up

to roll or twist something into a coil. Maria coiled the strip of stamps up and put them in the little dispenser. Please coil up the rope.
See also: coil, up

shuffle off this mortal coil

Euph. to die. (Often jocular or formal euphemism. Not often used in consoling someone.) Cousin Fred shuffled off this mortal coil after suffering a heart attack. When I shuffle off this mortal coil, I want to go out in stylebells, flowers, and a long, boring funeral.
See also: coil, mortal, off, shuffle, this

shuffle off this mortal coil

to die
Usage notes: This phrase comes from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
I really want to see the Coliseum before I shuffle off this mortal coil.
See lost in the shuffle
See also: coil, mortal, off, shuffle, this

shuffle off

1. Get rid of, act evasively, as in They've tried to shuffle off public inquiries about the safety of their planes. This usage, dating from about 1600, also appears in the oft-quoted shuffle off this mortal coil, from Shakespeare's Hamlet (3:1), where it means "become freed from the turmoil of life," that is, "die."
2. Move away reluctantly, dragging one's feet, as in The prisoners shuffled off to their work detail. [Late 1500s]
See also: off, shuffle

shuffle off

1. To go with short sliding steps, without or barely lifting the feet: The sleepy children shuffled off to bed.
2. To leave; depart: Toward the end of the evening, the guests shuffled off one by one.
3. To rid oneself of something; dispose of or relocate something: I have not been able to shuffle off my embarrassment. The computer program automatically shuffles the outdated files off to another disk.
4. To evade or shirk something, such as a responsibility: He shuffled off his responsibilities and went to the beach. She shuffled her work off onto others because she wasn't feeling well.
See also: off, shuffle

shuffle off this mortal coil

Die. This phrase that appears in Hamlet combines the archaic meaning of two words. “Shuffle” meant “rid,” while “coil” meant “troubles.” As Shakespeare put it, “What dreams may come / When we have shuffled off this mortal coil / Must give us pause.”
See also: coil, mortal, off, shuffle, this
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Manufacturers with two or more extrusion lines producing similar sized products are beginning to realise the tremendous flexibility and efficiency off-line coiling can offer them.
The simplest and most conventional method of building with coils is to lay them concentrically one after the other, but where the laying of coils goes beyond this, as is the case with integrated coiled pottery, coiling technique becomes rather complex.
Hardy, M (2006) Coiling, London: A&C Publishers Limited.
Use of this technique is supported by excellent clinical data in more than 500 published papers showing that endovascular coiling with BPC is safe, effective, and durable in treating both ruptured and unruptured brain aneurysms.
Stenting and secondary coiling of intracranial internal carotid artery aneurysm: Technical case report.
Developments are continuing to service the irrigation pipe markets where point-of-sale labels can be automatically secured at the coiling stage, whilst coil packs can be formed starting at 180 mm ID.
Because the coiling process can leave the pipe slightly oval and curved and because the coil contains stored energy, special equipment is needed to handle LDCPE.
In an endovascular coiling procedure, vascular access is gained by the femoral artery, through which guidewires and catheters are placed and fed to the site of the cerebral aneurysm.
We view the Presidio Microcoil as a new dimension in framing, and we believe its addition to our flagship MicruSphere(R) framing coil brand will help us to further strengthen Micrus Endovascular's position as a market leader in the coiling business," said John Kilcoyne, Micrus Endovascular president and CEO.
ISAT demonstrated that patients who could be treated by endovascular coiling or craniotomy with clipping, fared significantly and statistically better with coiling," according to Michel Mounier, President & CEO of Micrus.
Compelling evidence from the International Subarachnoid Aneurysm Trial (ISAT) demonstrates that minimally invasive endovascular coiling produces better overall outcomes for patients suffering from ruptured brain aneurysms than neurosurgical clipping.
Micrus Corporation's ACT MicroCoil System is the current technical leader of any minimally-invasive embolic coiling product for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms.