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spin  

  ( spins    plural & 3rd person present)   ( spinning    present participle)   ( spun    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If something spins or if you spin it, it turns quickly around a central point.  
The latest discs, used for small portable computers, spin 3600 times a minute...      V  
He spun the wheel sharply and made a U turn in the middle of the road...      V n  
He spun his car round and went after them.      V n round/around  
      Spin is also a noun., n-var  
This driving mode allows you to move off in third gear to reduce wheel-spin in icy conditions.     
2       verb   When you spin washing, it is turned round and round quickly in a spin drier or a washing machine to get the water out.  
Just spin the washing and it's nearly dry.      V n  
      Spin is also a noun., n-sing  
Set on a cool wash and finish with a short spin.     
3       verb   If your head is spinning, you feel unsteady or confused, for example because you are drunk, ill, or excited.  
My head was spinning from the wine...      V  
4       n-sing   If someone puts a certain spin on an event or situation, they interpret it and try to present it in a particular way.  
INFORMAL   with supp  
He interpreted the vote as support for the constitution and that is the spin his supporters are putting on the results today.     
    spin doctor  
5       n-uncount   In politics, spin is the way in which political parties try to present everything they do in a positive way to the public and the media.  
The public is sick of spin and tired of promises. It's time for politicians to act.     
6       n-sing   If you go for a spin or take a car for a spin, you make a short journey in a car just to enjoy yourself.  
a N  
7       verb   If someone spins a story, they give you an account of something that is untrue or only partly true.  
He was surprised, and annoyed that she had spun a story which was too good to be condemned as a simple lie.      V n, Also V n n  
8       verb   When people spin, they make thread by twisting together pieces of a fibre such as wool or cotton using a device or machine.  
Michelle will also spin a customer's wool fleece to specification at a cost of $2.25 an ounce.      V n  
  spinning      n-uncount  
They do their own cooking, spinning, and woodworking.     
9       n-uncount   In a game such as tennis or cricket, if you put spin on a ball, you deliberately make it spin rapidly when you hit it or throw it.  
spin off   , spin out      phrasal verb   To spin off or spin off something such as a company means to create a new company that is separate from the original organization.     (BUSINESS)  
He rescued the company and later spun off its textile division into a separate company...      V P n  
Corven plans to help large companies spin out smaller, entrepreneurial firms.      V P n   spin out  
1       phrasal verb   If you spin something out, you make it last longer than it normally would.   (=prolong)  
My wife's solicitor was anxious to spin things out for as long as possible...      V n P  
The Government will try to spin out the conference into next autumn.      V P n (not pron)  
2   
    spin off  


spin doctor        ( spin doctors    plural  ) In politics, a spin doctor is someone who is skilled in public relations and who advises political parties on how to present their policies and actions.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
spin-off        ( spin-offs    plural  )
1       n-count   A spin-off is an unexpected but useful or valuable result of an activity that was designed to achieve something else.  
usu with supp, oft N from/of n  
The company put out a report on commercial spin-offs from its research.     
2       n-count   A spin-off is a book, film, or television series that comes after and is related to a successful book, film, or television series.  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
exp.
relax, calm down
said to make someone temper his nerves or enthusiasm. E.g.: Chill out, I didn't take your car!
exp.
(in an organization) set up a more informal structure/workflow/environment; give up on communication protocols between departments
[Bus.]
exp.
calm down!
exp.
face a specific situation; act in a certain way
E.g.: John went out of rehab a few days ago and he is determined to not go down that road again.
exp.
metaphoric expression for getting married
exp.
to take OR bring somebody down a notch means to make them behave less arrogantly or proudly.
exp.
to take OR turn OR bring something down a notch means to decrease its intensity
adj.
something that is top-down comes from the top of a hierarchy and is passed down to the lower ranking members
n.
A moulding commonly used in framing oil paintings. The liner is fixed inside the frame and appears between the image and the outer frame. Generally made out of wood or some other hard material, the liner may have fabric glued down to it. Liners are to canvases what a mat/mount is to a print on paper
[Artwork framing] Polystyrene or wood liner. Fabric-covered liner. Linen liner. Gold liner.
v.
to look for or expose information about a person's past, usually bad, and to therefore bring that person down or put them in a bad light
exp.
it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions
n.
participant-driven meeting with no predefined agenda as opposed to high-price, top-down and formal conferences

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