birl

birl

[burl]
verb (used with object)
1.
Chiefly Northern U.S. Lumbering. to cause (a floating log) to rotate rapidly by treading upon it.
2.
British. to spin or cause to rotate.
verb (used without object)
3.
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.
b.
Informal. to spend money freely.
c.
Informal. to gamble.
noun
5.
British Informal. an attempt; a gamble.

Origin:
1715–25; perhaps blend of birr1 and whirl, influenced, in some senses, by birle

birler, noun
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birl1 (bɜːl, Scottish bɪrl)
 
vb
1.  (Scot) to spin; twirl
2.  (US), (Canadian) to cause (a floating log) to spin using the feet while standing on it, esp as a sport among lumberjacks
 
n
3.  a variant spelling of burl
 
[C18: probably imitative and influenced by whirl and hurl]
 
'birling1
 
n

birl2 (bɜːl, Scottish bɪrl)
 
vb
archaic (Scot) to ply (one's guests, etc) with drink
 
[Old English byrelian; related to byrele cup-bearer]

burl or birl2 (bɜːl)
 
n
1.  (Scot), (Austral), (NZ) an attempt; try (esp in the phrase give it a burl)
2.  (Austral), (NZ) a ride in a car
 
[C20: perhaps from birl1 in the Scot sense: a twist or turn]
 
birl or birl2
 
n
 
[C20: perhaps from birl1 in the Scot sense: a twist or turn]

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