Definition of 'whir'

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Example sentences containing 'whir'

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Behind the scenes, the washing machine or the dryer is always whirring away. The Sun (2017)You can practically hear the cogs whirring inside the most restless mind in sport. Times, Sunday Times (2014)You can almost see the political and moral brain whirring. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The loud whirring sounds like a space ship taking off. The Sun (2009)He shrank so fast, he made a whirring sound. Diana Wynne Jones CHARMED LIFE (1977)This got the cogs whirring. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I could feel his mind whirring. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Yet behind this relaxed, fun surface, deep within there is a serious streak whirring away. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Huge numbers, a system whirring away, that really helps our owners. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Their song, full of whirring sounds and whistles, is unmistakable. Times, Sunday Times (2015)But hold on, what's that whirring sound? Times, Sunday Times (2016)But I can't stop my brain whirring away. The Sun (2012)When your brain is whirring constantly with the almost infinite depths of chess, behind the wheel of a Porsche is not where you should be. Times, Sunday Times (2015)If you get closer you find that it is singing a murmuring song, full of clicks and whirring sounds, like a clock about to strike. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Day in, day out our minds are whirring constantly with impulses, notions and urges of one sort or another in that intuitive process we call thinking. Pete Cohen and Sten Cummins with Jennai Cox HABIT BUSTING: A 10-step plan that will change your life (2002)

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