- Chiefly Northern U.S. Lumbering. to cause (a floating log) to rotate rapidly by treading upon it.
- British. to spin or cause to rotate.
- Chiefly Northern U.S. Lumbering. to cause a floating log to rotate rapidly by treading on it.
- to move or rotate rapidly.
- Informal.to spend money freely.
- Informal.to gamble.
- British Informal. an attempt; a gamble.
Origin of birl
[burl; Scot. birl]Chiefly Scot.
- to pour (a drink) or pour a drink for.
- to drink deeply; carouse.
Origin of birle
before 1000; Middle English birlen, Old English byrelian, derivative of byrele butler; akin to bear1
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- Scot to spin; twirl
- US and Canadian to cause (a floating log) to spin using the feet while standing on it, esp as a sport among lumberjacks
- a variant spelling of burl 2
C18: probably imitative and influenced by whirl and hurl
- archaic, Scot to ply (one's guests, etc) with drink
Old English byrelian; related to byrele cup-bearer
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