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whirling dervish

A person displaying a huge, boundless amount of energy. A reference to the dervishes, members of an order of Sufi Muslims in Turkey, some of which are known for their ceremonies in which they perform a whirling dance as a devotional act. I feel uneasy around small, boisterous children, so my cousin's party was really unpleasant, having so many of these whirling dervishes around. The team's captain, a six-foot-tall whirling dervish, has been instrumental in their success over the past year.
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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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Before dancing, the dervish removes his black cloak, a movement symbolic of spiritual rebirth into truth, while the rest of the costume is often but not always likely to be white - and the wide skirt (regardless of colour) representing the shroud of the ego.
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Ke darweshi be ayyari hai, sultani bhi ayyari O God, who Thy simple folk turn to; For both the king and the dervish are hypocrites
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