Posted by Kirsten on December 13, 2005
In Reply to: Re: GIVE IT A WHIRL posted by Victoria S Dennis on December 09, 2005
: : Can anyone tell me the origins of the phrase GIVE IT A WHIRL?
: It's late 19th century American. I have always assumed it refers to spinning a roulette wheel, a "wheel-of-fortune" or similar device.
I think it is linked to the colonial toy the Whirlygig. A stick with a propellor attached which you launch by spinning the stick between two hands, or by "giving it a whirl"