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spin·​out ˈspin-ˌau̇t How to pronounce spinout (audio)
: a rotational skid by an automobile that usually causes it to leave the roadway

spin out

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spun out; spinning out; spins out

intransitive verb

: to make a rotational skid in an automobile

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The video shows several people crowding the intersection as two vehicles do spinouts. Vanessa Arredondo, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2023 Hagar said he was trained to do this at relatively low speeds -- in the neighborhood of 50 mph -- which typically results in a spinout that has a relatively predictable path. Grant Lancaster, Arkansas Online, 30 Sep. 2023 Until now the group has been supported by government startup support agency Innovate UK—the idea won its national Young Innovator Award in 2022—and has spinout support from University College London, Novikov’s alma mater. WIRED, 11 Aug. 2023 The Bay Area was being pelted with off and on rains causing spinouts on the roads, and the Central Valley was enduring thunderstorms and wind gusts of up to 70 mph in the hills. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2023 Icahn’s battle with Illumina centered on the company’s decision in August 2021 to close the $7.1 billion acquisition of cancer diagnostic spinout Grail, even though the transaction remained under review from anti-monopoly regulators in the U.S. and Europe. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2023 That denial at least partially contradicts published reports that Zucker had previously approached Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, about a potential spinout of the network in late 2020. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 25 July 2023 The fast-growing, lucrative field of ‘directs’ All told, Swain arranged three purchases in just over two years for Zell’s private investment arm, EGI, including the $520 million spinout of DuPont’s clean technology branch, Elessent. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 7 July 2023 According to Nelson, officials were holding all big rigs at Applegate, about 40 miles from Sacramento, and holding all westbound traffic at Truckee, about 30 miles southwest of Reno, Nevada, due to multiple spinouts near the Donner Summit where there is hundreds of inches of snow. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 8 Mar. 2023
That’s the case at One Equity Partners, which spun out of JPMorgan in 2015. Luisa Beltran, Fortune, 27 Nov. 2023 That’s because the inaugural flight destroyed the launchpad, triggered environmental concerns and ended with the rocket spinning out of control before destroying itself in a fireball. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 Lionsgate first announced its plans to spin out Starz last year, splitting the company in two, with its film and TV studio in one company, and the Starz channel and streaming platform in another. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Nov. 2023 At one point soon after his sister-in-law was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, Certain felt as though his life were spinning out of control. Jeremy Redmon, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Oct. 2023 But the vehicle quickly spun out of control while being driven at a speed of 121 mph. Stephanie Kaloi, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 In the spring of 2022, the unit was spun out of Airbnb as an independent company, funded by Gebbia and McNamara, along with Airbnb as an investor. Byalexei Oreskovic, Fortune, 30 Oct. 2023 Why Sanofi’s stock was eviscerated last week Sanofi’s stock dropped a stunning 18% on Friday, following news that the French drug giant would spin out its $5 billion consumer health division. Meghana Keshavan, STAT, 30 Oct. 2023 All the while, he’s spun out hits with stars like Becky G, Karol G, Eladio Carrion, and El Alfa, showing his dexterity with genres. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 4 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1955, in the meaning defined above


1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spinout was in 1951

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“Spinout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinout. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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