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down with the swirl

slang Agreeable to or interested in dating someone of another race, most commonly when one person in the relationship is white and the other is black. A: "I didn't realize she was down with the swirl." B: "Oh yeah, her boyfriend is black."
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swirl about

1. To move around in a twisting, winding, gyrating motion. Dust swirled about the old shed as we stepped inside. Blood swirled about in the water as it dripped from my hand into the sink.
2. To encircle and move around someone or something in a twisting, winding, gyrating motion. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swirl" and "about." Cold water swirled about my ankles as I stood fishing in the stream. Smoke swirled about the people as they fled the war-stricken village.
3. To spread and circulate among a particular group of people or in response to the actions of a particular person or thing. Fearful uncertainty has been swirling about the population as the government continues to threaten its secession from the trade union. Scandal continue to swirl about the disgraced movie producer as more and more people come forward to allege abuse and mistreatment.
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swirl around

1. To move around in a twisting, winding, gyrating motion. Dust swirled around the old shed as we stepped inside. Blood swirled around in the water as it dripped from my hand into the sink.
2. To encircle and move around someone or something in a twisting, winding, gyrating motion. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swirl" and "around." Cold water swirled around my ankles as I stood fishing in the stream. Smoke swirled around the people as they fled the war-stricken village.
3. To spread and circulate among a particular group of people or in response to the actions of a particular person or thing. Fearful uncertainty has been swirling around the population as the government continues to threaten its secession from the trade union. Scandal continue to swirl around the disgraced movie producer as more and more people come forward to allege abuse and mistreatment.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

swirl about someone or something

[for something, such as dust or a fluid] to circle and wind about someone or something. The snow swirled about me as I walked along. The smoke swirled about the tiny campfire.
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swirl around

[for dust or a fluid] to circle around. The liquid swirled around in the flask as Toby shook it up. Dust swirled around the room in the sunlight.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

swirl around

v.
1. To move with a twisting or whirling motion; eddy: It's hard to fly a kite when the wind swirls around like this.
2. To move around something with a twisting or whirling motion, as in an eddy: As I stood in the river, the water swirled around my legs. The snow swirled around us.
3. To apply something in swirls over some area: The baker swirled the icing around the cake. I swirled syrup around the pancakes.
4. To circulate among some group of people in response to a particular subject: Rumors swirled around Hollywood.
5. To circulate or occur in response to something or someone that is controversial, provocative, or secretive: Rumors swirled around the governor. Controversy swirled around the new budget.
See also: around, swirl
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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3D Reynolds-Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) computations modeling of the entire section including swirl generation system and burner have been performed using commercial CFD-software namely ANSYS Fluent.
She explained that there was not much risk consumers would be disturbed by the arrival of a second logo beside the first but a very real risk that some might be taken aback if the very familiar swirl simply disappeared overnight.
However, for flow conditions often experienced in most applications, it is the generation of swirl which accounts for a major portion of the enhancement observed in such corrugated channels.
Variations of thermal efficiency and CO emission versus swirl angle at a fixed thermal input 4.75 kW for the open flame and semiconfined flame at fuel supply pressure P = 280 mm [H.sub.2]O and loading height L = 2.5 cm are shown in Figures 6 and 7, respectively.
The velocity profiles are shown for various inlet swirl angles 0[degrees], 10[degrees], 15[degrees], 20[degrees]and 25[degrees].
While Iced Caramel Swirl Dunkalatte, is a refreshingly cool beverage with a swirl of caramel syrup in a genuine espresso base with a drizzle of caramel to finish off over the whipped cream.
As the residual swirl of the flow in the cylinder at the end of the exhaust stroke was not taken into account, the flow was supposed to be quiescent initially.
The focus of SWIRL is reengaging literacy learning in young children.
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The Canadian teacher - dubbed Mr Swirl - was caught after experts reversed the crude bid to hide his identity and he was tracked down in Thailand.
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Howard Miller had a tip-off that Canadian Christopher Neil - dubbed the "swirl perv" had checked in to a hotel in Pattaya.