Share this entry

Synonyms of spin in English:


  • 1 the bike lay on the grass, wheels still spinning
  • 2 Lisa spun round to face him
    whirl, wheel, twirl, turn, swing, twist, swivel, pirouette, pivot, swirl;
    Scottish  birl
  • 3 her head was spinning
    reel, go round, whirl, be in a whirl, swim, be giddy, be dizzy
  • 4 she spun me a yarn about her husband running off to Poland
    tell, recount, relate, narrate, unfold, weave;
    concoct, invent, fabricate, make up
  • Phrases

    spin something out
    the longer you can spin out the negotiations the better
    [Antonyms] cut short, curtail
    prolong, protract, draw out, stretch out, drag out, string out, extend, extend the duration of, carry on, keep going, keep alive, continue;
    expand, enlarge, fill out, pad out, amplify, lengthen
    archaic wire-draw


    Back to top  
  • 1 a spin of the wheel
    rotation, revolution, turn, whirl, twirl, gyration;
    Scottish  birl
  • 2 the agency fought hard to put a positive spin on the campaign's progress
    slant, angle, twist, bias
  • 3 he took Lily for a spin in the car
    trip, jaunt, outing, excursion, short journey, expedition, sally;
    informal tootle, joyride
    Scottish informal hurl
  • Phrases

    in a flat spin
    British informal
    [Antonyms] calm, relaxed
    agitated, flustered, in a panic, worked up, beside oneself, overwrought, frantic
    informal in a flap, in a fluster, in a state, in a dither, all of a dither, in a tizz/tizzy, in a tiz-woz
    British informal having kittens
    Definition of spin in:
    Share this entry

    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

    Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources