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    give it a spin

    Someone tells me that he called a person several times and could not reach him.

    If I want to ask him to try again, can I say:

    Give it a spin again now.

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    Re: give it a spin

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    Someone tells me that he called a person several times and could not reach him.

    If I want to ask him to try again, can I say:

    Give it a spin again now.
    Not really no. Why "give it a spin"?


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    Re: give it a spin

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Not really no. Why "give it a spin"?


    Because a teacher says it means ‘call him again’ in the context.
    Last edited by jiamajia; 24-Sep-2010 at 17:45.

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    Re: give it a spin

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    Because a teacher says it means ‘call him again’ in the context.
    I've never heard it used in that way.

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    Re: give it a spin

    I think "to spin" means to turn the dial which is pretty old-fashioned.

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    Re: give it a spin

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertT View Post
    I think "to spin" means to turn the dial which is pretty old-fashioned.
    I am old enough to remember the old dial telephones, and even then we didn't talk about "giving somebody a spin" to mean calling them on the phone.

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    Re: give it a spin

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I am old enough to remember the old dial telephones, and even then we didn't talk about "giving somebody a spin" to mean calling them on the phone.
    I'm sorry I didn't mean anything disrespectful. I was just making a guess because I'm not a native speaker.

    I should have expressed it in a different way.
    Last edited by RobertT; 24-Sep-2010 at 20:32.

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    Re: give it a spin

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native-speaker.***
    What the op was actually looking for may be "give it a whirl" and its variants such as " give it a go", "give it a shot" and "give it a try".

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    #9

    Re: give it a spin

    I think of "give it a whirl" or "give it a spin" to mean to try something out, to try to use something.

    I've got a new remote control car and you want to try using it -- "Here, give it a whirl" I say, handing over the control.

    Or when you are car shopping (the real types of cars, not the toys) you refer to "taking it out for a spin" when you test drive it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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