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A game of skill, especially among lumberjacks, in which two competitors try to balance on a floating log while spinning it with their feet. Also called logrolling.
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(ˈbɜr lɪŋ)

a competition for lumberjacks, in which each tries to balance on a floating log while rotating the log with the feet.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.birling - rotating a log rapidly in the water (as a competitive sport)birling - rotating a log rapidly in the water (as a competitive sport)
spin, twirl, twisting, whirl, twist - the act of rotating rapidly; "he gave the crank a spin"; "it broke off after much twisting"
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
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