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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
References in classic literature ?
Waltzers spun around precariously for a matter of fifteen seconds and then went scurrying down to the rail as if they meant to go overboard.
For a while longer they spun around, and then Daylight suddenly stood still, released his partner, and stepped back, reeling himself, and fluttering his hands aimlessly, as if to support himself against the air.
The big fellow spun around like a top, his knees gave beneath him and he crumpled to the ground at my feet.
And of what account was anybody's past, in the huge kaleidoscope where all the social atoms spun around on the same plane?
In Adhoori Tasweer three friends and a teashop waiter are caught in a complicated web spun around a painting while in Saaz-i-Dil, a car washer dreams of becoming a singing superstar.
And no matter how much their eyes spun around, they could still reliably track a pattern that moved sidewise through their field of vision.
Motorists crawled along the A184 Newcastle Road from the junction for the A19 at Testos Roundabout after a small silver car careered into the barriers and spun around at 6.45am yesterday.
"But at the last minute, Jimmy pooped out and all of a sudden I spun around by myself and said, 'Dance with...
Watch manager Simon Bates, from Low Hill fire station, said: "They have come off, hit the face of the house, spun around and hit the corner of the house.
Six people were taken to Walton Hospital after this crash right outside the Regent School of Motoring, in Rice Lane, Walton, when a Ribble coach for Edinburgh collided with the rear of a brewery lorry, hit a lamp-post, spun around, and was finally embedded in Evans's grocery shop, in November, 1969.
The "big boy" finally spun around and walked directly toward my ladder stand.
The Malibu struck the median, traveled across the road, struck a guardrail, spun around and came to rest against the median, Sgt.
The aircraft struck a roof and spun around before hitting another building.
MILLIONS of years ago, a huge ball of very hot rock spun around the Sun.
MILLIONS of years ago, a huge ball of hot rock spun around the sun.