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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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Specifically, we bought some tin-ceiling-style paper, which we thought would be thick enough to obliterate the swirls.
And, yes, if you look, you can still see the pattern of swirls below.
These investigators found improved diffuser performance with swirl up to ascertain point after that it deteriorated.
The analysis was accomplished with different inlet swirling intensity (0[degrees], 10[degrees], 15[degrees], 20[degrees] and 25[degrees]) to visualize the effect of swirl on the performance of annular diffuser in terms of pressure recovery.
The stick products have proved to be the bestsellers in the Skinny Cow range due to their portionability and the Swirl Pots offer another option for consumers wanting indulgence but also who are conscious about following a healthy regime," said Kate Needham, marketing director at Richmond Ice Cream.
Recipes to: Mega Mirror, Dino Swirls Comp, PO Box 4022, London, E14 5BX.
Another important additive where color is concerned is the antistatic agent supplied by the color producer to reduce color swirls.
People often mistake static swirls in rotomolded parts for a sign of poorly distributed pigment.
Vanilla Ice Cream, Fudge Brownies & Raspberry Swirls
Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Chocolate Cookie Pieces, Fudge Dinosaurs & a Fudge Swirl
Soothe your frazzled nerves with In A Crunch - Peanut butter ice cream with fudge-covered peanuts and a crispy fudge swirl
In addition to these four varieties, the Breyers Blends line also includes Sara Lee(R) Fudge Brownies -- Breyers vanilla ice cream with swirls of caramel sauce and chunks of Sara Lee fudge brownies; and Maxwell House(R) Cappuccino -- Breyers cappuccino ice cream with cream swirls and chocolate-covered Irish cream candies.
Wall's has laid on a whole host of celebrations to mark the Swirl It Shop's opening in Middlesbrough.
Caramel Ice Cream with White Fudge Covered Caramel Popcorn, Toffee-Coated Peanuts & a Caramel Swirl
The experimental/ analytical data on the pressure recovery coefficient or coefficient of energy losses [1, 12] for a wide range of geometrical parameters and swirl intensities are scant.