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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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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 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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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.
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Swirly Grams include Pinkberry frozen yogurt or Pinkberry gift cards wrapped in special Valentine's packaging, along with balloons and a hand-written note, and may be delivered anywhere in US.
It isn't exactly swirly, Andi said, but it is nice, inviting, classy and chic.
For all the options on the dessert menu were brutally specific about the presence of a swirly bit of cream.
The film was made by "conceptual artists" Leni Sinclair and Cary Loren, and includes rare footage (although I've begun to think that all of the footage that exists of the MC5 has been tapped, unfortunately), although there's no attempt to match the visuals (singing, playing) with the soundtrack, so the music is out of synch, and there's a bunch of swirly, psychedelic visuals interspersed as well (groovy, man, pass me that doob, brother!) ...
Several bluffs are full of swirly shaped marine fossils; call the visitor center (831/685-6444) to join free weekend guided fossil walks.
Linoleum is water, child, and animal resistant, and comes in an astonishing variety of swirly, marbled and simple colors.
Another fun drawing book from Klutz This one comes with four drawing wheels, three gel pens and lots of ideas for drawing twirly swirly spirals Fill a gumball machine with candy-coloured spirals, make a fun mobile or create tie-dye "soak" spirals, Your head will be spinning!
"Pearlescence" colors for Lexan show a fluid, swirly appearance, with high depth of color.
(The one opportunity for including detail that Saint James does not take advantage of occurs when Essie rakes "a pretty swirly pattern" into the front yard, which Saint James paints flat green).
She definitely has a sense of humor: in one mammoth picture, amid a swirly mass a figure tinier than a breath mint sticks its tongue out.
The new dinnerware pattern that best illustrates this casual formality, according to Cohen, is Florentine Scroll, which has lots of swirly gold work around the edges.
The dress looks great on her, but we are not so sure about her hair in an updo with swirly bangs.
The sweet shop, opposite the bus station, has chocolate running down the walls, toadstools, swirly lollipops and even a grass floor.
Young neo-Nazis in Germany, finding the hulking, booted, shaven-head uniforms of the past so unflattering (not to mention pretty hot in the summer) are adopting instead the mismatched, sweetly-scruffy look of Bushwickians everywhere (because yes, they live all over the world): the bandanas, the whimsical eyewear, the canvas totebags whose racist slogans are made all the cuter for being written in swirly cafe French, like something you'd buy from the sale section of Anthropologie.
"I love the swirly effect and the shades go with bold bags and shoes.