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British English: /spɪn/
American English: /spɪn/

Translation of spin in French:


  • 1 (turn) (of wheel)
    (of dancer, skate)
    to give something a spin
    faire tourner quelque chose
    to do a spin on the ice
    exécuter une pirouette sur la glace
  • 3 (in spin-drier) See examples: to give the washing a spin
    donner un coup d'essorage au linge
  • 5 (pleasure trip) to go for a spin
    aller faire un tour
  • 6 (American English) (interpretation) See examples: to put a new spin on something
    aborder quelque chose sous un nouvel angle

transitive verb p prés -nn- prét, pp spun

  • 2 (flip) See examples: to spin a coin
    tirer à pile ou face
    to spin a coin for something
    tirer quelque chose à pile ou face
  • 3 (Textiles)
    (wool, thread)
    to spin cotton into thread
    filer le coton
  • 5 (wring out)
    essorer quelque chose à la machine
  • 6 (tell)
    to spin somebody a yarn
    raconter des salades à quelqu'un
    he spun me some tale about missing his train
    il a prétendu qu'il avait raté son train

intransitive verb p prés -nn- prét, pp spun

  • 1 (rotate)
    (weathercock, top)
    to go spinning through the air
    (ball, plate)
    aller valser
    the car spun off the road
    la voiture est allée valser (informal) dans la nature
  • 3 (turn wildly)
  • 6 (Fishing)
    pêcher à la cuillère


to be in a spin

être dans tous ses états

to spin one's wheels

(American English) [figurative]
ne pas avancer

Phrasal verbs

spin along


spin around

= → spin round

spin off

(American English) (Finance)
spin off [something] 1.1
(new company)
(company, business)

spin out

spin [something] out, spin out [something]
faire traîner [quelque chose] en longueur
ménager or faire durer
he spun the whole business out
il a fait traîner l'affaire

spin round

1 spin round
se retourner rapidement
(dancer, skater)
she spun round in her chair
elle a pivoté sur sa chaise
2 spin [somebody/something] round
(dancer, weathercock, top)

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