or spin·out

[ spin-out ]
/ ˈspɪnˌaʊt /
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the spinning out of control into a rotating skid of a car or other vehicle.



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Origin of spin-out

First recorded in 1950–55; noun use of verb phrase spin out
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British Dictionary definitions for spin-out

spin out

verb (tr, adverb)

to extend or protract (a story, etc) by including superfluous detail; prolong
to spend or pass (time)
to contrive to cause (money, etc) to last as long as possible

noun spinout

a spinning skid in a car that causes it to run off the road
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Idioms and Phrases with spin-out

spin out


Protract or prolong, as in They spun out the negotiations over a period of months. This idiom alludes to drawing out a thread by spinning. [c. 1600]


Rotate out of control, as in The car spun out and crashed into the store window. [Mid-1900s]

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