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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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The one opportunity for including detail that Saint James does not take advantage of occurs when Essie rakes "a pretty swirly pattern" into the front yard, which Saint James paints flat green).
She definitely has a sense of humor: in one mammoth picture, amid a swirly mass a figure tinier than a breath mint sticks its tongue out.
The new dinnerware pattern that best illustrates this casual formality, according to Cohen, is Florentine Scroll, which has lots of swirly gold work around the edges.
In this game, the Swirly Whirly Ocean is filled with aquatic creatures of all colors, shapes and sizes, and players can catch a ride on the Thinga-ma-jigger to travel deeper and deeper through silly, Seussian schools of fish.
Mini Peanut Butter Swirly Cupcakes , which feature chocolate cupcakes filled with peanut butter creme and topped with peanut butter icing made with REESE'S[sup.
SWIRLY WHIRLY CHEESECAKE (Serves 12) INGREDIENTS 50g /13/4 oz roasted hazelnuts, finely chopped 100g/31/2 oz Scottish oatcakes, broken up 50g/13/4 oz stoned dates 50g/13/4 oz unsalted butter, melted 400g/14oz cream cheese 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 300g/101/2 oz strawberries, pureed, plus extra to serve (optional) 300 ml/1/2 pint double cream METHOD Line the base of a 20 cm/8 inch loose-based cake tin with baking parchment.
50 each) come in two varieties - duos with pearl and metal finishes and monos with marbled swirly pearl textures.
After all, when you've watched the same lad given a swirly, a chinese burn and a wet willie, (it's when you drool on your finger then jam it in your victim's ear) it starts to get old.
Swirly to bed GET IN an abstract sleep swirl with this Kira set from very.
The swirly paving patterns help, but a statue of Roy with his boyish, infectious smile, would really bring it alive.
The courts at Kooyong are similar to the Open but it's just that it gets really windy, very swirly, there.
The Warlocks @Barfly, Cardiff (tomorrow) Swirly, stoned, psychedelic rock, with two drummers and four guitars for those who like their brains well and truly fried.
It was as if, in this time of industrial strife and political upset, Laura Ashley designs invoked a mythical rural past with women as bucolic wenches in swirly print dresses.
Coming from the sky in a swirly, whirly splat you in the face cold, wet and wintry way?
With their swirly carpets and windows decked out with ornaments and net curtains, homes in the Welsh Valleys have often been regarded as stuck in a fashion time warp where kitsch reigns supreme.