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Definition of whirl noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a movement of something spinning around and around a whirl of dust (figurative) Her mind was in a whirl (= in a state of confusion or excitement).
  2. 2a number of activities or events happening one after the other Her life was one long whirl of parties. It's easy to get caught up in the social whirl. The next few hours passed by in a whirl of activity.
  3. Idioms
    give something a whirl (informal)
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    to try something to see if you like it or can do it I'm not sure I'll like skiing, but I'll give it a whirl.
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