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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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Seann lifted Katya and spun her around like he'd done it before.
Prosecutor Jill Seddon told the court that during an argument Balmforth spun her around so that she was facing away.
Debbie, 59, who was married to late magician Paul Daniels, didn't look best pleased when the Italian professional dancer, 27, grabbed Holly by the hand and spun her around on the set of the ITV show.
That is when George Mendonsa spotted Ms Friedman, spun her around and planted a kiss.
He grabbed her by the arm, spun her around and pointed the weapon into her stomach before demanding she hand over the money.
However, when it was revealed the American dancer would be paired with him, he spun her around before declaring: "The best things do come in small packages."
A witness said that the couple danced salsa and then Cruise took her in his arms and spun her around the dance floor, the New York Post reported.
So on Saturday night, he instead grabbed her by the leg and spun her around on the floor.
"He then grabbed her by the hair, spun her around and her face hit the kitchen door.
These two singers became so identified with their roles that after the final trio, Dahl rushed into Clayton's arms; Clayton spun her around in the air in happiness.
When she got to Coton Arches, she grabbed from behind by a man who pulled her hair, spun her around and pushed her against the archway.
It was an alligator!" The gator took Edna underwater and spun her around like a tornado before letting go.
As Cliff, 61 years young, spun her around, the tape came loose and her halter neck top fell down to give the bachelor boy a real eye full.
Two men grabbed her, spun her around and demanded cash.