1. (US) a chance, an opportunity, a ‘go’.
|Boss 195: Every year it contributes to our various campaigns, say fifty thousand dollars a whirl.|
|Bar-20 xi: Reckon I’ll hit th’ tiger a whirl.|
|Iron Man 68: He was going to knock Coke flat in two rounds so he’d be sure to get a whirl at Mike Shay.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 822: whirl – A trial or attempt; a ‘go’ at a crime.|
|Tragic Magic 197: Had many a whirl / with plenty of girls.|
2. an outing (lit. or fig.).
|‘A Divorce Problem’ in Oregon Dly Jrnl (Portland, OR) 1 Sept. 7/1: She knows that I’ve worked a lifetime, and how I’m wantin’ my whirl.|
|One Man’s War (1929) 295: One Cockney said [...] if he went out with the old ’oman and the little nippers and took ’em for a whirl over a ’oliday, he’d save nothing that week and go without his fags.|
(US) to serve a sentence in prison.
|Times (Wash., DC) 22 Aug. 15/6: I meets a boy in blue. I told him how it wuz, and got a wallop with the bat. He drove me over to the Irish clubhouse, and the whole thing fixed me up fer a month in the summer cottage. I couldn’t dig up, so I had to do my whirl.|
(orig. US) to try something out.
|Forty Years a Gambler 198: We will give him a whirl. How will we play him?|
|Torchy 140: ‘Seein’ it’s you,’ says I, ‘I’ll give it a whirl.’.|
|Damsel in Distress (1961) 104: ‘Well, it’s worth trying,’ said Reggie. ‘I’ll give it a whirl. Toodleoo!’.|
|Inimitable Jeeves 78: Going to give the nibs there the once-over [...] before taking a whirl at the Diplomatic Service.|
|Gangster Girl 42: I’m for givin’ it a twirl.|
|Men of the Und. 136: They agreed to give it a whirl.‘I Was King of the Safecrackers’ in Hamilton|
|Price Is Right 9: Wapping asked them if they would allow him to take a whirl at a comic strip.|
|Two Faces of January (1988) 104: How exciting. Why don’t we give it a whirl tonight?|
|Dead Butler Caper 145: ‘Let’s give it a whirl,’ I agreed.|
|Skin Tight 48: Aw, let me give it a whirl.|
|Guardian G2 3 Aug. 3: But Mackay had noted something; he gave Lynam a whirl.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|