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Whirligig   Listen

A conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin.  Synonyms: spinning top, teetotum, top.
A large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement.  Synonyms: carousel, carrousel, merry-go-round, roundabout.

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"Whirligig" Quotes from Famous Books

... puts in a good many heats of anywhere from twenty-five to seventy-five laps roun' that track by the time daylight comes, an' sunrise finds us all ketching our wind in the upper branches. I noticed that whenever the brute wanted to stop the whirligig it always climbed up the birch just in time to separate me an' me pardner; an' there we would sit, me in the west pine, me pardner in the east pine, an' the black brute right ...
— The Drama of the Forests - Romance and Adventure • Arthur Heming

... Plonny as "this notorious grafter." Plonny could hardly have considered this courteous; but he was a man who never remembered a grudge, until ready to pay it back with compound interest. West's adolescent passion for the immediate reform of politics had long since softened, and nowadays when the whirligig of affairs threw the two men together, as it did not infrequently, they met on the easiest and friendliest terms. West liked Plonny, as everybody did, and of Plonny's sincere liking for him he never ...
— Queed • Henry Sydnor Harrison

Words linked to "Whirligig" :   spin around, whipping top, humming top, reel, ride, whip top, gyrate, toy, whirl, plaything, peg top, spin

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