spin something out

spin something out
PROLONG, protract, draw out, drag out, string out, extend, carry on, continue; fill out, pad out; archaic wire-draw.
spin

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make something last as long as possible

they seem keen to spin out the debate through their speeches and interventions

spend or occupy time aimlessly or without profit

Shane and Mary played games to spin out the afternoon

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ˌspin sthˈout derived
to make sth last as long as possible
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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • pad something out — EXPAND UNNECESSARILY, fill out, amplify, increase, flesh out, lengthen, spin out, overdo, elaborate. → pad …   Useful english dictionary

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  • spin out — PHRASAL VERB If you spin something out, you make it last longer than it normally would. [V n P] My wife s solicitor was anxious to spin things out for as long as possible... [V P n (not pron)] The Government will try to spin out the conference… …   English dictionary

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