Definition of spin something out in English:

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spin something out

1Make something last as long as possible: they tried 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.
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
1.1Spend or occupy time aimlessly: Shane and Mary played games to spin out the afternoon
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  • 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.
2 (spin someone out) Cricket Dismiss a batsman or side by spin bowling: by the time he retired, he had spun out 445 batsmen
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  • ‘What are you laughing at,’ whispered Todd as he spun me out.
  • ‘I had to run up there and run into his door and let him know that I don't appreciate him spinning me out,’ says Edwards, who finished 24th.
  • If you give these guys an excuse to spin you out, they'll do it.
See parent entry: spin
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