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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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whirl around

1. To turn in the opposite direction very quickly or suddenly. I whirled around when I heard someone say my name, but there was no one there. The police car whirled around on the road and began blaring its siren.
2. To cause or force someone or something to turn or move in the opposite direction very quickly or suddenly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "whirl" and "around." I whirled around the television to access the AV inputs on the back. She whirled the child around and started performing the Heimlich maneuver on him.
3. To cause or force someone or something to spin in circles very quickly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "whirl" and "around." A small motor inside whirls around the top part of the toy. In this game, you put on a blindfold while someone whirls you around, then you try to pin the tail on a picture of a donkey on the other side of the room.
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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

INFORMAL
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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Caption: With two or four vertical bars, plus optional attachments, the whirler (top) can be programmed at various revolution speeds and to change direction at target intervals.
The turbo "whirler" or agitator is a reversible, variable speed mixing toot in a conical vessel, and enables the dispersal of agglomerated fine particles such as sand and cement.
This component feeds the whirler and screw with the solid constituents that are normally out of the mixing zone.
"Parents are towels for wiping your grime on; They're whirlers and twirlers and tree trunks to climb on," the book tells us.
Cakes, biscuits, choccie bars, burgers, fried chicken, pizzas, lollies, curries, doner kebabs, trifles, crisps and that lip-smacking bag of Haribo - all so naughty but nice and now I am salivating more than my dog Daisy does when I open a bag of Whirlers (bursting with double ham and cheese flavours, double the taste and double the delicious mouth-watering treat for pooches!).
They graduated from the Connecticut Valley Dance Club and also joined the Chicopee Waltz Whirlers Dance Club, as well as several other local dance associations.
I was able to move closely among the whirlers [dancers] hence intimate angles, and most of these photographs were taken with a Leica."
Whether it is the Whidbey Whirlers square dance club celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, the Northwest Spirit Academy moving its cheerleading classes or C.A.