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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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The knight in whom I'm interest went back to find the pretty face, and learned that the princesses had spun themselves free and all gone and married, but one.
Thus God the Heav'n created, thus the Earth, Matter unform'd and void: Darkness profound Cover'd th' Abyss: but on the watrie calme His brooding wings the Spirit of God outspred, And vital vertue infus'd, and vital warmth Throughout the fluid Mass, but downward purg'd The black tartareous cold infernal dregs Adverse to life: then founded, then conglob'd Like things to like, the rest to several place Disparted, and between spun out the Air, And Earth self-ballanc't on her Center hung.
May the evil demon Zernebock tear me limb from limb, if I leave my own cell ere I have spun out the hemp on my distaff
The captain spun round on his heel and fronted us; all the brown had gone out of his face, and even his nose was blue; he had the look of a man who sees a ghost, or the evil one, or something worse, if anything can be; and upon my word, I felt sorry to see him all in a moment turn so old and sick.
Mowgli nodded and blinked, and said "Yes" when they asked him a question, and his head spun with the noise.
child," she said, "I have nothing in the house, but I have spun a little cotton and will go and sell it.
By 1897 it had spun as many cobwebs of wire as the mighty Western Union itself; by 1900 it had twice as many miles of wire as the Western Union, and in 1905 FIVE TIMES as many.