Most of the globe may still be reeling from the great recession, but one continent is booming.
Even kebab-eaters, reeling from the pub, will grasp a plastic fork to spare their fingers from the grease.
And Hollywood, like many other longstanding American institutions, is reeling.
With Iowa looming, the Republican establishment is reeling at the possibility of Newt Gingrich emerging as its standard bearer.
Citizens are reeling after a bombing shook the capital's center and a gunman opened fire on a camp, killing 76.
Langdon, intent upon her, did not realize until I sent him reeling backward to the earth and snatched her up.
Blood was streaming down its breast, and it was reeling wildly in its gait.
reeling, frantic with indecision, he heard a voice calling his name in desperate urgency: 'Valerius!
But Martha and Jim are always for reeling off miles, and so, I thought, were you.
I hazarded one glance at her and saw that her face was white and set, then dare look at nothing but the reeling trees ahead.
"frame turning on an axis," especially one on which thread is wound, late Old English hreol "reel for winding thread," from Proto-Germanic *hrehulaz; probably related to hrægel "garment," and Old Norse hræll "spindle," from PIE *krek- "to weave, beat" (cf. Greek krokus "nap of cloth").
Specifically of the fishing rod attachment from 1726; of a film projector apparatus from 1896. Reel-to-reel type of tape deck is attested from 1958.
"to whirl around," late 14c., also "sway, swing, rock, become unsteady" (late 14c.), "stagger as a result of a blow, etc." (c.1400), probably from reel (n.1), on notion of "spinning." Of the mind, from 1796. Related: Reeled; reeling.
"to wind on a reel," late 14c., from reel (n.1). Verbal phrase reel off "recite without pause or effort" is from 1837. Fishing sense is from 1849. Related: Reeled; reeling.