staggering or swaying; unable to walk straight because of a blow, intoxication, etc.: It seemed as if a reeling, drunken giant had set the route for the race—it was so full of twists and turns.
in a state of mental or emotional shock; overwhelmed: As a reeling nation mourns its dead, investigators are trying to determine whether anyone was aware of the homicidal plan.
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How to use reeling in a sentence
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Apps can take sleep footage and replay it in a timelapse reel, allowing you to observe your baby’s sleeping patterns.Best baby monitor: How to find the right one for your family | PopSci Commerce Team | January 29, 2021 | Popular-Science
At the bottom, a machine—or, sometimes a human—snips off the gob to ready the fiber to be spun onto reels.
Our highlight reel could, like the top 10 plays shown daily on ESPN, also acknowledge all the nurses and supermarket cashiers and Amazon delivery drivers who’ve kept us going through the pandemic.Every Thanksgiving, my mental health strategy is recalling memorable, personal moments | Bob Brody | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
You just need a recurve or compound with a reel, a barbed arrow, a little stealth—and to put your catch-and-release principles on the back burner.
His success later in the afternoon has staggered a nation and sent two families reeling from heartache that never diminishes.Any Outrage Out There for Ramos and Liu, Protesters? | Mike Barnicle | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Shumlin estimates the plan will require $2 billion in new taxes for a state already reeling from high property taxes.
reeling from regional developments and disillusioned with the West, some Iraqi Christians are looking to Russia for support.
The environmental community, reeling from the failure of cap and trade, needed a fight around which to coalesce.
But in some states, creative lawyers have dusted them off and left adult children reeling.Are You Legally Responsible for Your Elderly Parents? | Keli Goff | April 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Money was again required to carry the reeling firm through unexpected difficulties.
Above the uproar of the reeling earth the shriek of the train sounded in his deafened ears.A Lost Hero | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
The reeling column straightened, grew firm, and with a shout sprang forward.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
It was a glancing blow, but it was enough to daze the man and send him reeling backward.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
Every time the Confederates essayed to charge they were met with such a storm of shot and shell that they went reeling back.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn