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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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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]
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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 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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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Critique: Absorbing, engaging, thoughtful, thought-provoking, exceptionally well written, and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, "Tales of the Whirling Rainbow: Myths & Mysteries for Our Times" is unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library collections.
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Performance and Excitation Characteristic of Inlet under no Rotor Whirling. The equation [P.sub.r] = [P.sub.b]/[P.sub.0] is defined, where [P.sub.b] is the exit back pressure of Rampressor inlet, so [P.sub.r] is the nondimensional back pressure.
The Whirling place is the universe, the right side is the observable and material world and the left side is the spiritual world.
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The "Whirling Dervishes,"1929, a spectacular early work by Egyptian artist Mahmoud Said sold for $2,546,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $300,000 to $400,000.
Talking about the inspiration behind his artwork, Shafique said that the whirling dervish dance is a dance of unity and a form of meditation.
The line of thread whirling 12 form insert cutter rings deliver thread whirling of long threaded forms and bone screw thread profiles available for Swiss-turning machines.
So through the house and into the garden they go, dancing, skipping, twirling and whirling. This is a simple, but delightful story that children and their 'significant adults' will enjoy sharing.
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THE HURRICANE DISASTER THE hurricane Katrina came whirling over the plain.