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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.
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.
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.
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 tryand 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?
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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
give something a whirlINFORMAL
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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
give it a whirlgive 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.
in a ˈwhirlconfused and excited: My mind was in a whirl as I realized that this decision would change our lives.
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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.”
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price