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Spin

To attempt to present a situation in the best possible light. For example, a political operative may attempt to spin a situation in which a candidate who took a bribe by saying it was a gift or donation. The term is somewhat derogatory, but is common in business as well as politics. See also: Jawboning.
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Kevin Youkilis, getting the start at third in place of Mike Lowell, dove to spear a liner off the bat of Nick Punto, while Dustin Pedroia doubled Denard Span off first after snagging a line drive by Brendan Harris.
Mickelson's five-iron tee shot hit the dead centre of the flag stick and span off the front lip of the hole, denying him anace but securing a tap-in birdie from 18 inches.
There didn't seem to bemuch danger when Ryan Giggs crossed from the left, but the ball span off Osei Sankofa and the looping effort found the head of Park, who ghosted into the Charlton box and somewhat surprisingly shrugged off the attentions of Ben Thatcher to open the scoring.
Jagielka was a lot closer, in fact, with a speculative 30-yarder, which span off Petrov and ballooned just over the bar.
Later, the embankment where the car span off the road was covered in floral tributes, plus teddy bears and some toy elephants carrying the message, 'We will never forget'.
Leading duo Sebastien Loeb span off and Marrko Martin crashed out of contention on the second stage, while Britain's Colin McRae in his Citroen is more the minute down on Solberg, with Richard Burns a further minute adrift.
With the bat he was the Volvo chugging along in the middle lane while the other flashier models span off and there is a
Justin Pritchard swung in a left sided corner and Bevan span off his marker to find the net with a header which first took a deflection off an Adders defender and then crossed the line via the crossbar with Marlowe unable to clear.
52am on the westbound lanes, involved a red Peugeot which span off the road into a hedge.
Vucinic then span off Ramires to bring the stand-in Blues skipper Cech to his knees, as did a Pirlo free-kick that went right through the Chelsea wall.