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noun     spin pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a quick turning movement round and round

    Give the wheel a spin.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the movement of a ball that turns round and round 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 towards the ground
      go into a spin:

      The plane suddenly went into a spin.

  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] informal a way of presenting information, especially a way that makes something seem good or less bad

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

  3. 3
    [countable] informal a short journey 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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