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 for To spin street yarn
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spin \Spin\ (sp[i^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spun(Archaic imp.
     Span); p. pr. & vb. n. Spinning.] [AS. spinnan; akin to
     D. & G. spinnen, Icel. & Sw. spinna, Dan. spinde, Goth.
     spinnan, and probably to E. span. [root]170. Cf. Span, v.
     t., Spider.]
     1. To draw out, and twist into threads, either by the hand or
        machinery; as, to spin wool, cotton, or flax; to spin
        goat's hair; to produce by drawing out and twisting a
        fibrous material.
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              All the yarn she [Penelope] spun in Ulysses' absence
              did but fill Ithaca full of moths.    --Shak.
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     2. To draw out tediously; to form by a slow process, or by
        degrees; to extend to a great length; -- with out; as, to
        spin out large volumes on a subject.
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              Do you mean that story is tediously spun out?
                                                    --Sheridan.
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     3. To protract; to spend by delays; as, to spin out the day
        in idleness.
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              By one delay after another they spin out their whole
              lives.                                --L'Estrange.
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     4. To cause to turn round rapidly; to whirl; to twirl; as, to
        spin a top.
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     5. To form (a web, a cocoon, silk, or the like) from threads
        produced by the extrusion of a viscid, transparent liquid,
        which hardens on coming into contact with the air; -- said
        of the spider, the silkworm, etc.
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     6. (Mech.) To shape, as malleable sheet metal, into a hollow
        form, by bending or buckling it by pressing against it
        with a smooth hand tool or roller while the metal
        revolves, as in a lathe.
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     To spin a yarn (Naut.), to tell a story, esp. a long or
        fabulous tale.
  
     To spin hay (Mil.), to twist it into ropes for convenient
        carriage on an expedition.
  
     To spin street yarn, to gad about gossiping. [Collog.]
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