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wind up 1

1Arrive or end up in a specified state, situation, or place: she wound up in hospital with pneumonia
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  • And, if you don't want to wind up in that situation, you need to pack heat and be prepared to resist at the point of abduction.
  • We all wind up in your situation sooner or later, and I agree - it's tough.
  • Shaking his head in disbelief, he wondered how he'd come to wind up in this situation to begin with.
informal fetch up
2 another way of saying wind something up (sense 2. he wound up by attacking Nonconformists
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  • It looks like this job will wind up soon - the company could well fold in the next month or so.
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There are 2 main definitions of wind up in English:

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wind-up 2 Line breaks: wind-up
Pronunciation: /ˈwʌɪndʌp/


1British informal An attempt to tease or irritate someone: surely this was a wind-up
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  • I'm sure Sergen meant well and simply wanted to share his pleasure with the widest possible audience, yet there is a dark interpretation of these events: namely, that the Besiktas players were attempting some kind of wind-up.
  • Kerry will be presenting a show of wind-ups and pranks.
  • The build-up has the atmosphere of a phoney war as the rivals perfect the various practical jokes and wind-ups that will help unsettle their enemy's preparations.
2An act of concluding or finishing something: a company wind-up
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  • In his opinion, the wind-ups are the result of Bulgaria's pending EU accession.
  • The July wind-up coincides with the launch by Eircell of the country's first controlled pilot project on the recycling of disused mobile phones, batteries and chargers.
  • All summer long the tour had traversed the county and played 22 times on Kerry courses and this was the wind-up.
3 Baseball The motions of a pitcher preparing to pitch the ball.
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  • Even Tiant's repertoire of pace-changing wind-ups did little to confuse the Reds' batters.
  • This hurler has cultivated an elaborate windup.
  • The 28-year-old Burnett, whose across-the-body delivery has concerned scouts for years, tinkered with a new windup this spring before going back to his old motion.
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