Birl



Chiefly Northern U.S. Lumbering. to cause (a floating log) to rotate rapidly by treading upon it.
British. to spin or cause to rotate.
Chiefly Northern U.S. Lumbering. to cause a floating log to rotate rapidly by treading on it.
British.

to move or rotate rapidly.
Informal. to spend money freely.
Informal. to gamble.

British Informal. an attempt; a gamble.
Historical Examples

Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White

verb
(Scot) to spin; twirl
(US & Canadian) to cause (a floating log) to spin using the feet while standing on it, esp as a sport among lumberjacks
noun
a variant spelling of burl2
verb
(archaic, Scot) to ply (one’s guests, etc) with drink

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