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spin control

noun
1.
Slang. an attempt to give a bias to news coverage, especially of a political candidate or event.
Origin
1985-1990
1985-90
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for spin control
  • The user can also navigate to other months by using the month spin control or the year spin control.
  • The drop-down and spin control allow selection of category records.
  • The drop-down and spin control allow selection of configuration records.
  • But beyond the day-to-day questions of spin control, another disturbing possibility lurks.
  • It would show the focus of discussions was on spin control, putting the university's image ahead of the welfare of the students.
  • Olson did some successful spin control in his news conference.
  • The drop-down and spin control allow selection of historical caseload records.
  • The drop-down and spin control allow selection of historical records.
  • The drop-down and spin control allow selection of available survey lists records.
  • The drop-down and spin control allow selection of income tracking records.
Contemporary definitions for spin control
noun

an attempt to manipulate the interpretation of news, esp. political

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Slang definitions & phrases for spin control

spin control

noun phrase

: Spin control is the subtle art of massaging reporters' minds after the event has taken place. The ''doctors'' try to control the interpretation, or ''spin,'' the reporters will put on their stories (mid1980s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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spin control in Technology
graphical user interface
A type of input control available on most graphical user interfaces, consisting of a text box or list control with associated up and down buttons. The user can either click in the text box and type a number or select an item from the list by clicking on it directly, or they can repeatedly select the next or previous value by clicking the up or down button.
(2008-09-26)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Idioms and Phrases with spin control

spin control

Manipulation of news, especially political news, as in The White House press secretary is a master of spin control. This idiom uses spin in the sense of “interpretation,” that is, how something will be interpreted by the public (also see put a spin on). [ c. 1980 ]
Also see: spin doctor
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