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Definition of spin verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spin
    he / she / it spins
    past simple spun
    -ing form spinning
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    turn around quickly
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to turn around and around quickly; to make something do this (+ adv./prep.) The plane was spinning out of control. a spinning ice skater My head is spinning (= I feel as if my head is going around and I can't balance). His theories on economics are enough to make your head spin (= make you feel very confused). spin (around) The dancers spun around and around. spin something (around) to spin a ball/coin/wheel We placed our bets and the croupier spun the roulette wheel.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] spin (somebody) around + adv./prep. to turn around quickly once; to make someone do this He spun around to face her. She spun on her heel and walked out.
  3. make thread
  4. 3[intransitive, transitive] to make thread from wool, cotton, silk, etc. by twisting it She sat by the window spinning. spin something to spin and knit wool spin A into B spinning silk into thread spin B from A spinning thread from silk
  5. of spider/silkworm
  6. 4[transitive] spin something to produce thread from its body to make a web or cocoon a spider spinning a web A silkworm spins a cocoon that can yield half a mile of pure silk.
  7. drive/travel quickly
  8. 5[intransitive] + adv./prep. to drive or travel quickly They went spinning along the roads on their bikes.
  9. present information
  10. 6[transitive] spin something (as something) to present information or a situation in a particular way, especially one that makes you or your ideas seem good An aide was already spinning the senator's defeat as “almost as good as an outright win.”
  11. Idioms
    spin (somebody) a yarn, tale, etc.
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    to try to make someone believe a long story that is not true
    turn/spin on your heel
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    to turn around suddenly so that you are facing in the opposite direction
    Phrasal Verbsspin off (from something)spin somethingoffspin somethingout
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: spin