a member of a Turkish order of dervishes, or Sufis, whose ritual consists in part of a highly stylized whirling dance.
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How to use whirling dervish in a sentence
While I’ve always been intense—a bit of a whirling dervish, as my friends have described me—menopause has made me a stranger to myself.Menopause Is Hell. It Also Made Me a Better Climber. | abarronian | November 12, 2021 | Outside Online
Incredibly free and spontaneous-looking, they have a windblown, centrifugal energy, like whirling dervishes, and suggest the zero gravity of Matisse’s late paper cutouts.Peter Sacks is one of the most compelling artists in America. But he didn’t find his voice until late in life. | Sebastian Smee | March 5, 2021 | Washington Post
But he was a whirling dervish of energy and could outwork his critics.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR | John Avlon | September 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The son is a more polished, if less genuine, character than the whirling-dervish, passionate, and even bombastic icon of a father.
Bailey got the job and proceeded to “work like a whirling dervish.”CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Celebrates 2012 Award Winners | Robin Givhan | November 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The room was doing a whirling dervish dance about him, but he still felt it his duty to explain.Galusha the Magnificent | Joseph C. Lincoln
Wasn't it father who was giving the commendable imitation of a whirling dervish on the pier-head?Little Miss Grouch | Samuel Hopkins Adams
If Mr. Talmage had been born in Turkey, is it not probable that he would now be a whirling dervish?The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 5 (of 12) | Robert G. Ingersoll
He was an advanced kind of religious fanatic, nearly in the foaming stages, something like a whirling dervish.V. V.'s Eyes | Henry Sydnor Harrison
If you are still thinking of a career, why not a whirling dervish?Bambi | Marjorie Benton Cooke