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Posted by Kirsten on December 13, 2005

In Reply to: 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"