Definition of spin something out in English:

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spin something out

1Make something last as long as possible: they seem keen to spin out the debate through their speeches and interventions
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  • The political calculation may be to spin things out as long as possible in order to obtain the release of hostages in batches or to negotiate.
  • It is not to spin the crisis out as long as possible in the hope that it becomes a damaging election issue.
  • They were simply spinning things out, partly to prolong his agony.
Synonyms
prolong, protract, draw out, drag out, string out, extend, carry on, continue;
fill out, pad out
1.1Spend or occupy time aimlessly or without profit: Shane and Mary played games to spin out the afternoon
More example sentences
  • I sometimes feel I screwed up my entire life, and the past 8 or 10 years have just been spinning it out further and further so that now it's unsalvageable.
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