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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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When I visualize that painting of the Whirling Dervish, it tells me the story of the East and the West- the coexistence of Islamic tradition and Turkish modernity and people from different ethnicities living together in harmony, in its homogenous, coherent and distinctive language.
Whirling dance, also known as Sufi whirling is a kind of active meditation with its origin attributed to 13th century Persian poet, Islamic theologian and Sufi Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi.
New declarations of whirling disease are not necessarily evidence the disease is currently spreading, but reason for increasing awareness of the need to clean, drain, and dry any equipment that comes into contact with water.
At the entrance of the space, the resin sculpture "Dawn Breeze," 105x85 cm, appears to embody a more conventional depiction of a whirling dervish.
These multiple images were only seen when the black hole was spinning rapidly and only near the side of the black hole where the hole's whirling space was moving toward the camera, which they deduced was because the space whirl was 'flinging' the images outward from the hole's shadow edge.
The Whirling place is the universe, the right side is the observable and material world and the left side is the spiritual world.
The whirling dervishes are members of the Mevlevi order of dervishes, an order founded in 1273 by the followers of Mevlana Muhammad Jelaluddin Rumi, a scholar of Islam who advocated tolerance, reason and access to knowledge through love.
The Tsugami SS-32 can handle cross and face milling, drilling, and tapping, as well as angular drilling, thread whirling and polygon turning.
The whirling dance turns faster now as I am chastised: "We don't want your pity" but your compassion instead.
The cutting of cylindrical worms by the whirling thread cutting principle is thought now as one of the most productive ways of processing.
Ataste of the Middle East will be brought to Swansea this weekend as The Whirling Dervishes of Damascus perform their only date in Wales.
Just as a police officer uses a radar gun to record the speeds of passing cars, Fabian and his colleagues employ the spectrograph reading to clock the velocity of material whirling around black holes.
Whirling dervishes and musicians from the United States and Turkey will participate Tuesday in a Sema, a sacred ceremony honoring the great Sufi Master Jelaluddin Rumi, at the University of Oregon's Erb Memorial Union.
The dramatic Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana comes to The Joyce, heels jabbing and shawls whirling.
The Novice Wine Taster: Grapes and seeds/Punched by a thorn/Dripped/To a deep raspberry bitter/A cranberry hint of subterfuge//Perhaps a swish of the goblet shall free it/The essence spinning//Little spots of cork sinking in the whirling center//A burning berry bush/A deep cinnamon gone bad//Red as velvet in winter/Or purple oil with blood drops//Up the flat syrupy concoction/Under the palate//Nothing like the aroma