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spinning top

another name for top2 (sense 1)
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  • Upstairs in the pastor's study, Muller sat in the armchair attentively watching the gyrations of a spinning top.

    The Case of The Pool of Blood in the Pastor's Study Grace Isabel Colbron and Augusta Groner
  • He twirls round about like a spinning top and then topples face downward.

    The Irish on the Somme Michael MacDonagh
  • The spinning top is a beautiful illustration of this principle.

    The Story of Great Inventions Elmer Ellsworth Burns
  • I wonder if any of you have followed me so well as to know already why a spinning top rises.

    Spinning Tops John Perry
  • "Stop, now," said Maria, clutching Fly as if she had been a spinning top.

    Little Folks Astray Sophia May (Rebecca Sophia Clarke)
  • It took a long time to discover that the spinning top is a useful machine.

    The Story of Great Inventions Elmer Ellsworth Burns
  • So Billie picked up the spinning top and put it on the bear's broad, flat paw.

    Uncle Wiggily in the Woods Howard R. Garis
  • A bird rubs against the air, the point of a spinning top rubs against the sidewalk on which it is spinning.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • "I'm going to the top store to buy a spinning top," answered bunny uncle.

    Uncle Wiggily in the Woods Howard R. Garis

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