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swirl about someone or something

[for something, such as dust or a fluid] to circle and wind about someone or something. The snow swirled about me as I walked along. The smoke swirled about the tiny campfire.
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swirl around

[for dust or a fluid] to circle around. The liquid swirled around in the flask as Toby shook it up. Dust swirled around the room in the sunlight.
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swirl around

1. To move with a twisting or whirling motion; eddy: It's hard to fly a kite when the wind swirls around like this.
2. To move around something with a twisting or whirling motion, as in an eddy: As I stood in the river, the water swirled around my legs. The snow swirled around us.
3. To apply something in swirls over some area: The baker swirled the icing around the cake. I swirled syrup around the pancakes.
4. To circulate among some group of people in response to a particular subject: Rumors swirled around Hollywood.
5. To circulate or occur in response to something or someone that is controversial, provocative, or secretive: Rumors swirled around the governor. Controversy swirled around the new budget.
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Slue Bunny Mini Swirls Cones have also been multiplying with a new Mini Swirls Peanut Butter Ice Cream, Cones featuring creamy peanut butter ice cream, swirled with a thick ribbon of peanut butter and dipped in chocolaty coating inside a crunchy sugar cone.
Quorum International's five-light chandelier with amber frost swirled glass features Byzantine finish.
Nestle has also introduced Swirled Morsels - a blend of semisweet morsels with white chocolate.
By dispensing adhesives or sealants in a swirled pattern of closed loops or as a continuous bead, the Program-A-Swirl system maximizes adhesion between two substrates and uses less material to "wet out" a greater area, says manufacturer Sealant Equipment & Engineering.
Minute Maid[R] Fruit & Cream Swirl[R] is a delicious combination of orange sorbet and creamy vanilla ice cream swirled together.
You'll probably notice that the layers are irregular, sometimes even swirled.
Moose Tracks(R) is one of the most popular proprietary ice cream flavors in the United States and consists of rich vanilla ice cream combined with Moose Tracks(R) chocolate peanut butter cups and swirled with thick Moose Tracks(R) fudge.
The seven flavors in the line are Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice Cream, made with chunks of real chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate chunks in vanilla-flavored ice cream; Turtle Fudge Brownie Ice Cream, with brownies, caramel ribbons and pecans swirled in chocolate ice cream; Peanut Butter Fudge Chunk Ice Cream, with peanut butter and chocolate hearts and fudge ribbons swirled in vanilla-flavored ice cream; Lovin' Caramel Swirl Ice Cream, caramel-filled milk chocolate hearts and caramel ribbons swirled in caramel ice cream Brownies 'N Cream Ice Cream, rich brownies and fudge ribbons swirled in vanilla flavored ice cream; Cake & Ice Cream, described as "a new flavor inspired by the delicious memories of warm family birthday celebrations"; and Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.
Flavors include: Bananas Foster (smooth banana ice cream enhanced with a hint of brown sugar and rum); Creme Brulee (silky custard ice cream with a swirl of caramelized sugar); Chocolate Mousse (fluffy and smooth, rich chocolate ice cream); French Vanilla Mousse (soft and silky French vanilla ice cream); Strawberry Cheesecake (cheesecake ice cream with a blend of strawberries and crunchy graham crust); Chocolate Raspberry Torte (chocolate ice cream with a tart raspberry swirl and moist pieces of chocolate cake) and Cafe Mocha Frappe (creamy chocolate ice cream swirled with coffee).
The new Blue Bunny Premium Critic's Choice ice cream flavors are: Knee Deep in Chocolate, a blend of chocolate ice cream swirled with chocolate fudge and blended with chocolate covered fudge bits; Macadamia Mania, a vanilla ice cream with chunks of macadamia cookie dough, crunchy macadamia toffee bits, and buttery caramel; Vanilla Storm, a blend of vanilla ice cream, swirled with chocolate and caramel ribbon, with chocolate caramel cups and peanuts; Completely Nuts, a butter pecan flavored ice cream with a blend of praline pecans, penuche peanuts, chocolate almonds, and chocolate cashews; and Bourbon Street Sundae, a "classic sweet 'n salty" butter pecan ice cream blended with chocolate roasted pecan bark and caramel bourbon variegate.