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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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Most African-American newspapers have been poorly collected, and, perhaps not surprisingly, the Evening Whirl has been collected more poorly than most.
The Whirl editions were yellow and fragrant with age.
He titled it the Night Whirl, and for the first year of its life, in 1938, it covered music, nightlife, and local celebrity gossip--the social whirl of black St.
In a 1991 interview, Thomas recalled: "So I changed the name from Night Whirl to Evening Whirl.
Never simply a crime newspaper, the Whirl stuck close to its roots as a scandal and gossip sheet, and however adamant Thomas became in later years about his anti-crime crusade, he relied upon titillation as his most powerful newspaper-selling tool.
Lawyers caught cuckolded, doctors who had sexually harassed their patients, churchmen busted by streetwalkers who suddenly presented badges, political leaders discovered to be homosexual--potential targets such as these would say prayers of mercy, and open that week's Whirl with trembling hands.
Around town people would often say to each other, as a kind of half-joking, good-luck good-bye, "All right, now, we don't want to read about you in the Whirl.
Though Thomas had an eye for the absurd and the comic, his voice in the Evening Whirl also contained heavy doses of anger.
In terms of newsstand sales, the Whirl didn't really start gathering momentum until the 1950s.
Among the reasons people bought the Evening Whirl was that it detailed the doings of the community's most mythologized figures.
Two representatives of the underworld came to the Whirl office by appointment Thursday evening at 5:30 p.
He made sure to play up his Evening Whirl credentials, not that he needed to.
One cold December morning before Thomas died, I arrived at the diner to discuss the Evening Whirl with two preachers: the Rev.
I don't think you'll find too many ministers who will admit to reading the Whirl on a regular basis," Rev.
There was the clergyman who had acquired four wives, and, in defense of his polygamy, was quoted by the Whirl in a monologue: "All of