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whirling dervish

noun, Islam.
1.
a member of a Turkish order of dervishes, or Sufis, whose ritual consists in part of a highly stylized whirling dance.
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  • Wasn't it father who was giving the commendable imitation of a whirling dervish on the pier-head?

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • A fervor like that of a whirling dervish seized the old farmer.

  • My mind was spinning like a whirling dervish in a revolving door.

    Unborn Tomorrow Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • If you are still thinking of a career, why not a whirling dervish?

    Bambi Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • If Mr. Talmage had been born in Turkey, is it not probable that he would now be a whirling dervish?

  • The room was doing a whirling dervish dance about him, but he still felt it his duty to explain.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He combined the activity of a whirling dervish with the technique of an earthquake.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • He was an advanced kind of religious fanatic, nearly in the foaming stages, something like a whirling dervish.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison

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