give (something) a whirl

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of give (something) a whirl

informal
: to attempt or try (something)
  • He thought he'd give acting a whirl.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

whirl play
  1. : to move in a circle or similar curve especially with force or speed

  2. : to turn on or around an axis like a wheel : rotate

  3. : to turn abruptly around or aside : wheel

  1. : a rapid rotating or circling movement

  2. : something undergoing such a movement

  3. : a busy or fast-paced succession of events : bustle


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