in a whirl

in a whirl

1. In a preoccupied, disconnected, or unfocused state of mind. I was in a whirl leaving the doctor's office, unable to come to grips with the diagnosis she had just given me. The actor says he has been in a whirl following the overwhelming positive reaction to his latest film.
2. In a state of intense, chaotic activity. For all the build up to Christmas each year, I find that it always goes by in a whirl and is suddenly over before you know it.
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in a ˈwhirl

confused and excited: My mind was in a whirl as I realized that this decision would change our lives.
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And racing from London to Azerbaijan, Abu Dhabi and LA in a whirl of screaming tyres and shoot-outs the action involves camels, military drones and even helicopter gunships.