give a whirl

give a whirl
give (something) a whirl
informal : to attempt or try (something)

He thought he'd give acting a whirl. [=he thought he'd try acting; he thought he'd try to become an actor]

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Main Entry:whirl

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  • give a whirl — give (something) a whirl to try something. Tan had given up technical writing to give fiction a whirl. Usage notes: often used in the form give it a whirl: We ve always wanted to take a cruise in the Caribbean, so we decided to give it a whirl.… …   New idioms dictionary

  • Give a whirl — to try something with optimism, to try doing something by giving it one s best …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • give a whirl — Australian Slang to try something with optimism, to try doing something by giving it one s best …   English dialects glossary

  • give it a whirl — Vrb phrs. To attempt something. E.g. Go on, give it whirl, it can t do any harm. Informal …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • give something a whirl — (informal) To try something out • • • Main Entry: ↑whirl * * * give something a whirl informal phrase to try a new activity If you don’t like team sports, why not give yoga a whirl? Thesaurus: to start doing something new or different …   Useful english dictionary

  • give something a whirl — give (something) a whirl to try something. Tan had given up technical writing to give fiction a whirl. Usage notes: often used in the form give it a whirl: We ve always wanted to take a cruise in the Caribbean, so we decided to give it a whirl.… …   New idioms dictionary

  • whirl — ► VERB 1) move rapidly round and round. 2) (of the head or mind) seem to spin round. ► NOUN 1) a rapid movement round and round. 2) frantic activity: the mad social whirl. 3) a sweet or biscuit with a spiral shape. ● …   English terms dictionary

  • give something a whirl — ► give something a whirl informal give something a try. Main Entry: ↑whirl …   English terms dictionary

  • whirl — [hwʉrl, wʉrl] vi. [ME whirlen < ON hvirfla, akin to hverfa: see WHIR] 1. to move rapidly in a circular manner or as in an orbit; circle swiftly [couples whirling round the dance floor] 2. to rotate or spin fast; gyrate 3. to move, go, drive,… …   English World dictionary

  • give it a whirl — give it a shot/whirl informal to attempt to do something. I ve never danced Salsa before but I ll give it a shot …   New idioms dictionary

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