He did not want to fight a war with nuclear weapons and he did not want to wage a conventional war that could spin out of control.
Partly gravel, the road is so steep at times that the wheels of our Chevy 4x4 spin out beneath us.
Then a fancy took possession of Mabberly—namely, to have a “spin out into the Atlantic and see how it looked!”
The truth was just too complicated to spin out; he had no real intent to deceive.
Now wrap the white remaining around this, then the yellow, and spin out as before.
What a proper place for a philosopher to spin out the remnant of his days!
It was a joy—a selfish joy, perhaps—to spin out of the town limits and come into Devonshire.
He was gauging the distance to the hangar door, the positions of the guards, the time it would take to spin out the combination.
If you call in a carpenter for a little work he is sure to spin out a “regular job.”
I'll be hanged if there be not some plot in it, and this fool is set here to spin out the time.
Old English spinnan "draw out and twist fibers into thread," from Proto-Germanic *spenwanan (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian spinna, Danish spinde, Dutch spinnen, Old High German spinnan, German spinnen, Gothic spinnan), from PIE *(s)pen- "stretch" (cf. Armenian henum "I weave;" Greek patos "garment, literally "that which is spun;" Lithuanian pinu "I plait, braid," spandau "I spin;" Middle Welsh cy-ffiniden "spider;" see span (v.)).
Sense of "to cause to turn rapidly" is from 1610s; meaning "revolve, turn around rapidly" first recorded 1660s. Meaning "attempt to influence reporters' minds after an event has taken place but before they have written about it" seems to have risen to popularity in the 1984 U.S. presidential campaign; e.g. spin doctor, first attested 1984. Spinning wheel is attested from c.1400; spinning-jenny is from 1783 (see jenny); invented by James Hargreaves c.1764-7, patented 1770.
"fairly rapid ride," 1856, from spin (v.).
To tell everything one knows; be totally and lengthily candid: ''Can I be perfectly frank with you?'' ''Good. Spill your guts'' (1927+)