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give it a whirl

To try something (often for the first time as a means of forming an opinion about it). A: "Do you want to try driving my car, to see how you like it?" B: "Yeah, sure, I'll give it a whirl." I don't usually like hot tea, but it's so cold out that I gave it a whirl today.
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give something a try

 and give something a go; give something a whirl; give something a shot
to make a try at something. Why don't you give it a go and see if you like it?
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whirl around

to turn around very quickly. I tapped him on the shoulder and he whirled around to see who it was. Todd whirled around and grabbed Max by the wrists.
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whirl someone or something around

to turn someone or something around quickly. I grabbed him by the shoulder and whirled him around to face me. I whirled around the book display and found what I wanted.
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give something a whirl

to try something Tan had given up technical writing to give fiction a whirl.
Usage notes: often used in the form give it a whirl: We've always wanted to take a cruise in the Caribbean, so we decided to give it a whirl.
Related vocabulary: take a shot at something
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give it a shot/whirl

to attempt to do something I've never danced salsa before but I'll give it a shot.
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give something a whirl

Make a brief or experimental try, as in I've never made a pie but I'll give it a whirl. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
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whirling dervish

Boundless energy. Dervishes are members of a mendicant religious order of Sufi Moslems. Part of their worship is a trance-inducing ritual in which the men, who wear billowing white skirts whirl in circles meant to replicate planets revolving around the sun. “Whirling dervish” became a metaphor for nonstop energy, used in such ways as “He dashed through the hardware store, then ran home and cleaned out the garage and then built shelves along one wall, all before lunch—he was a regular whirling dervish.”
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Then shape was corrected, according to functional parameters of whirl pump--mainly inlet and outlet spiral of the pump.
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In a food processor, whirl 2 garlic cloves until finely chopped.
Five area women who engage in the ancient meditative practice are about to turn a page in history - invited to be among the first women to whirl, or "turn," in public in Turkey, homeland of the 13th-century poet and mystic Rumi.
In a blender container, whirl together all ingredients until thick and smooth.
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In a food processor, whirl 1 or 2 peeled garlic cloves until finely chopped.
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They begin to whirl counterclockwise, with the right foot stepping across the left, and the left coming around to meet the right.