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    Hi

    I think he was spinning out at that time and he just fell in love too quickly for it to ever grow and mature.

    --- What does "spinning out" in this context mean? Maybe, it was a crazy time for him?

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    Default Re: spin out

    It seems to mean "he was losing control of his life", as in spinning out while driving a car.

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    Default Re: spin out

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    It seems to mean "he was losing control of his life", as in spinning out while driving a car.
    I have never heard 'to spin out', I have heard 'to spin off', but not in this context.

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    Default Re: spin out

    Abaki is right. Spinning out is losing control. It originally referred to cars, but now refers to anything.

    It's not about losing control in the violent sense. A spun-out person is distracted and has trouble focusing because of big worries, changes, events, or problems.

    He's all spun out about losing his job.

    I can't talk to her anymore. Ever since her divorce, she's really been spinning out.


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    Default Re: spin out

    I haven't come across this in BrE- we can be strung-out when worry affects us badly. Is it a new form or simply one that hasn't crossed over?

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