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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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They had spun him around on some play equipment and fired peashooters at him, but nothing untoward had occurred.
Her shots hit him in the chest, which spun him around. The injured criminal attempted to escape but stumbled in the street and collapsed.
Kai was seen giggling with joy as Coleen put him in an inflatable dragon ring and spun him around as he floated.
An FBI report said: "The pilot grabbed Leigh's hand, spun him around and two passengers held Leigh as the attendants restrained his hands.
Seeing what was happening, the 17-year-old Ely youth grabbed him around the neck and spun him around - sending all the notes he had grabbed from the till flying through the air.
I took his hands and I got him off the ground and spun him around. I started thinking about boundaries - what is allowable to a child, what is allowable to an adult.
He said they had spun him around on some play equipment and fired peashooters at him but nothing untoward had occurred.
But the footballer followed him back to the club's entrance, spun him around and punched him.
He claimed the former soldier grabbed his wrist and spun him around and held him in a vice like grip.
The 46-year-old construction worker, from Manchester, spent an afternoon, night and morning helplessly struggling to escape the tide which spun him around and around off the coast of Thailand.