verb (used with object)
Chiefly Northern U.S. Lumbering. to cause (a floating log) to rotate rapidly by treading upon it.
British. to spin or cause to rotate.
verb (used without object)
Chiefly Northern U.S. Lumbering. to cause a floating log to rotate rapidly by treading on it.
4. British. a.
to move or rotate rapidly.
Informal. to spend money freely.
British Informal. an attempt; a gamble.
Origin: 1715–25; Related forms
perhaps blend of birr1
, influenced, in some senses, by birle