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spin around

1. To turn rapidly around in the opposite direction. I spun around when I though I heard my name. The police car spun around and turned on its siren to begin pursuing the van that ran the red light.
2. To cause someone or something to turn rapidly around in the opposite direction. A noun or pronoun can be used between "spin" and "around." She had to spin the motorboat around and started heading back to shore. I had to spin the toddler around to keep him from walking down the steps.
3. To turn around in circles very rapidly. The child spun around and collapsed on the ground laughing from her dizziness. The car began spinning around in the parking lot, leaving circles of tire tracks on the pavement.
4. To cause someone or something to turn around in circles very rapidly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "spin" and "around." I'll put this blindfold on you and spin you around, and then you try to hit the piñata with this stick. He spun the dial around until the tumblers of the lock clicked into place.
5. To visit some place for a brief period of time or for a particular purpose. I need to spin around the office to pick up some paperwork. Why don't you spin around on Saturday for dinner?
See also: around, spin

spin around

 
1. to turn around to face a different direction. Jill spun around to face her accuser. Todd spun around in his chair so he could see who was talking to him.
2. to rotate, possibly a number of times. The propellers spun around and soon the old plane began to taxi down the runway. The merry-go-round spun around at a moderate speed.
See also: around, spin
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Cruise took it upon himself to give Corden the basics about what was to come, including spinning him around on a dolly and introducing him to his jump partner, Danny.
What I found to work the best was to pick a skill to do with Broden for about 5 minutes and then give him a "reinforcer." The "reinforcer" could be time with his iPod, some time spent spinning him around, or jumping on the trampoline.
The time I spend with Broden is doing activities such as throwing and kicking the ball, practicing writing his name, flashcards, manding for items such as blowing bubbles and spinning him around. As you have been told many times in the past, you know your child better than anyone.
In no time she was spinning him around the dancefloor and wouldn't let him out of her sight.
"Another care assistant saw the incident and [saw] Nurse Bell, grabbing hold of the resident, almost lifting him off his feet and spinning him around, and throwing him onto the toilet."
Construction worker Bill, 46, spent an afternoon, night and morning helplessly struggling to escape the tide spinning him around. He trod water for hour after hour, sharing it with sharks and being stung by jellyfish until he was picked up by fishermen.