Definition of Give it a whirl

1. Verb. Try. "Let's give it a whirl!"

Exact synonyms: Give It A Try
Language type: Colloquialism
Generic synonyms: Assay, Attempt, Essay, Seek, Try



Definition of Give it a whirl

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To try, test or attempt. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Give It A Whirl

give care
give chase
give cry
give curry
give ear
give forth
give heed
give him enough rope and he'll hang himself
give hostage to fortune
give in
give into
give it a shot
give it a try
give it a whirl (current term)
give it one's best shot
give it some welly
give it the deep six
give it the gun
give it up
give lie to
give me
give me liberty or give me death
give notice
give of oneself
give off
give one's all
give one's best
give one's eye-teeth

Literary usage of Give it a whirl

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1. Father Duffy's Story: A Tale of Humor and Heroism, of Life and Death with by Francis Patrick Duffy (1919)
"The conversation continued for a few minutes and was ended by Donovan saying, "Well, we have not done it before but we'll give it a whirl this time. ..."

2. Flindersland and Sturtland; Or, The Inside and Outside of Australia. by William Rowlestone Henry Jessop (1862)
"... is easily frightened, and of this they take advantage, fastening a bunch of feathers upon a long stick, they give it a whirl, and bring it down quick, ..."

3. Afloat and Ashore on the Mediterranean by Lee Meriwether (1892)
"This <r*~~caif)now be done in France, as a mother wishing to abandon her child can no longer put it in the chair, give it a whirl, and have it disappear as ..."

4. Afloat and Ashore on the Mediterranean by Lee Meriwether (1892)
"This can now be done in France, as a mother wishing to abandon her child can no longer put it in the chair, give it a whirl, and have it disappear as by ..."

5. Civic science in the community by George William Hunter, Walter George Whitman (1922)
"(2) Take hold of the light wheel and give it a whirl. Note how many seconds it continues to turn. Repeat with the heavy wheel. ..."

6. Seraphim Trilogy Book One; What the Herald Angel Sang by Teralee E. M. Bird (2004)
"Figuring to give it a whirl, she unclipped her ID, and slid it through the device, left to right. No reaction. She tried right to left. Nada. ..."

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