A dervish is a member of a Muslim religious group which has a very active and lively dance as part of its worship. If you say that someone is like a dervish, you mean that they are turning round and round, waving their arms about, or working very quickly.

In the heart of the Anatolian steppe, dervishes still whirl on festive occasions in mystic union with God...

Brian was whirling like a dervish, slapping at the mosquitoes and moaning.

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