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give it a whirl

To try something (often for the first time as a means of forming an opinion about it). A: "Do you want to try driving my car, to see how you like it?" B: "Yeah, sure, I'll give it a whirl." I don't usually like hot tea, but it's so cold out that I gave it a whirl today.
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in a whirl

1. In a preoccupied, disconnected, or unfocused state of mind. I was in a whirl leaving the doctor's office, unable to come to grips with the diagnosis she had just given me. The actor says he has been in a whirl following the overwhelming positive reaction to his latest film.
2. In a state of intense, chaotic activity. For all the build up to Christmas each year, I find that it always goes by in a whirl and is suddenly over before you know it.
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whirling dervish

A person displaying a huge, boundless amount of energy. A reference to the dervishes, members of an order of Sufi Muslims in Turkey, some of which are known for their ceremonies in which they perform a whirling dance as a devotional act. I feel uneasy around small, boisterous children, so my cousin's party was really unpleasant, having so many of these whirling dervishes around. The team's captain, a six-foot-tall whirling dervish, has been instrumental in their success over the past year.
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give something a try

 and give something a go; give something a whirl; give something a shot
to make a try at something. Why don't you give it a go and see if you like it?
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whirl around

to turn around very quickly. I tapped him on the shoulder and he whirled around to see who it was. Todd whirled around and grabbed Max by the wrists.
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whirl someone or something around

to turn someone or something around quickly. I grabbed him by the shoulder and whirled him around to face me. I whirled around the book display and found what I wanted.
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give something a whirl

Make a brief or experimental try, as in I've never made a pie but I'll give it a whirl. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
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give something a whirl

If you give something a whirl, you try it in order to see whether you like it or are good at it. I'd never tried acupuncture before so I thought, why not give it a whirl? Later, when Helen invited Dawn to invest in the business, she decided to give it a whirl.
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give it a whirl

give it a try. informal
1979 Snoo Wilson A Greenish Man You've nothing to lose. Give it a whirl, try it for a month.
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give something a ˈwhirl

(informal) try something, to see if it is enjoyable, interesting, etc: I’ve never had Indonesian food but I’ll give it a whirl.
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in a ˈwhirl

confused and excited: My mind was in a whirl as I realized that this decision would change our lives.
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whirling dervish

Boundless energy. Dervishes are members of a mendicant religious order of Sufi Moslems. Part of their worship is a trance-inducing ritual in which the men, who wear billowing white skirts whirl in circles meant to replicate planets revolving around the sun. “Whirling dervish” became a metaphor for nonstop energy, used in such ways as “He dashed through the hardware store, then ran home and cleaned out the garage and then built shelves along one wall, all before lunch—he was a regular whirling dervish.”
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Whirling in the reverse direction to that of the rotation of the top around its own axis is called 'reverse whirl'.
where e represents the displacement between Rampressor center O' under rotor whirl and Rampressor center O without rotor whirl, a is rotor whirl amplitude, [OMEGA] is rotor whirl frequency (whirl speed), and [phi] is initial phase.
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by knowable forms, circles of light and dark, a whirl
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The other deer stand transfixed at first; then they too whirl across nature's stage, in concert with a partner or alone, racing, bounding, darting.
In the southern hemisphere, storm winds whirl clockwise.
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First, from the discussion of the whirl motion for a spinning top rotating with an inclination angle of 9 that is the angle between the vertical axis going through the support point of the spinning top and the rotating axis of the spinning top, the authors indicated that the gyroscopic moment makes 9 smaller for a forward whirl which takes place in the same direction as the rotation of the spinning top itself, and that the gyroscopic moment makes 9 larger for a reverse whirl which takes place in the reverse direction as the rotation of the spinning top itself.
While the Whirl has been expanded and stylized to include other content, like photos of attractive young women, it sadly has lost the kind of poems and ditties that its founder, Ben Thomas, wrote to cleverly describe criminals and mayhem in the city.
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