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    "to spin a tire"

    a pilot talking after a lost a race due to a supposed accident.

    "My bike was starting to spin a tire immediately after three hundred feet."

    i really have no idea what "to spin a tire" means.
    can anyone help me?

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    Re: "to spin a tire"

    It sounds to me something like lose control, not have any traction.

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    Re: "to spin a tire"

    ok, thanks:)

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    Re: "to spin a tire"

    I've heard of 'spin the wheels', which indeed is to lose traction. Often impatient drivers do it when the lights turn green (losing traction between the driving wheels and the tarmac). To spin a tyre _might_ mean to lose traction between the tyre and the wheel-rim. But as in your example the spelling is 'tire' I suspect you need to check with a speaker of AmE.

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    ps - there's also a related noun, 'wheel-spin': "The road-holding is not good; I got a lot of wheel-spin."

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