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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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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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Five honorable mentions were also received brand new Whirled T-shirts and stickers for their hard work.
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After signing onto Whirled, any player can design their own room with items of their own creation or those bought from the Whirled shop.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Three Rings, a leading independent developer of casual massively multi-player games, has opened Whirled, its player-created virtual world, for business.
Whirled is an in-browser virtual world that is open to player creations and customizations; anything can be uploaded to the Whirled, from simple image furniture to mini-MMO games.
Food drive - Governor's 2014 State Employees Food Drive, hosted by Whirled Pies and Oregon Student Access Commission, with 10 percent of restaurant sales, all day Wednesday, to benefit FOOD For Lane County.
It is estimated that about 60 percent of all threads for dental and medical devices are currently whirled.
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For about the first 300 years after Rumi's death, women and men alike whirled.
Additionally, the part can be made with either end out first, tapered threads can be whirled by moving the X2 axis during the thread cutting, and the thread can be cut right up to or even into a shoulder (Tornos reports this was previously impossible).
New members are: Nick Agro, Whirled Peas Catering; Cindy Bennett, Organic People; Chaz Shilvely, Alva Learning Center; Rick Higgins, Wealth Touch; Justin Shultz, College Works Painting; Townsend Wardlaw, Three Value Logic; Susan Evans, M CAD; Michael Szyliowicz, Mount Blanc Gourmet; Norman Jones, The McMahon Company; Dave Rubin, A Spice of Life; Julie Ferris, J2T Recruiting Consultants Inc; Robert Hirsch, Adventure Central; and Tami Young, AdvenTech.
Rouse, a guest services employee at Disneyland, gave a creative flushing impression that whirled around a Shakespeare-like fairy tale featuring characters "Swirliette & Plungeo.