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noun spin pronunciation in American English /spɪn/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a quick turning movement around and around

    Give the wheel a spin.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the movement of a ball that turns around and around after it has been thrown or hit

      The ball had a lot of spin on it.

    2. b.
      [singular] the movement of an aircraft that turns as it falls with its front pointing toward the ground
      go into a spin:

      The airplane suddenly went into a spin.

  2. 2
    [countable] informal a short trip for pleasure in a car
    go for a spin:

    We’re going for a spin in Al’s new car.

    take a car for a spin:

    Why don’t you take the car for a spin?

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  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] informal a way of presenting information, especially a way that makes something seem good or less bad

    Not even the craftiest politician could put a positive spin on this.



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