wind up

wind up (plural wind ups)

  1. Alternative form of wind-up

wind up

  1. (literally, transitive) To wind completely.
    I wound up the spool of rope.
  2. (intransitive) To end up; to arrive or result.
    I followed the signs, and I wound up getting nowhere.
  3. (transitive) To conclude, complete, or finish.
    Even though he had bad news, he tried to wind up his speech on a positive note.
  4. (transitive) To tighten by winding or twisting.
    Your pocket watch will run for a long time if you wind up the spring all the way.
  5. (transitive) To put (a clock, a watch, etc.) in a state of renewed or continued motion, by winding the spring, or that which carries the weight.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
      Their feet padded softly on the ground, and they crept quite close to him, twitching their noses, while the Rabbit stared hard to see which side the clockwork stuck out, for he knew that people who jump generally have something to wind them up. But he couldn't see it. They were evidently a new kind of rabbit altogether.
  6. (transitive) To excite.
    Try not to wind up the kids too much right before bedtime.
  7. (British, transitive) To play a prank (on), to take the mickey (out of) or mock.
    Twenty quid? Are you winding me up?
  8. (transitive) To upset; to anger or distress.
    • 2019, Daniel Taylor, Lionel Messi magic puts Barcelona in command of semi-final with Liverpool (in The Guardian, 1 May 2019)
      Of all their regrets, it was their inability to score an away goal that might wind up Klopp the most. Sadio Mané wasted a glorious chance in the first half and, late on, Mohamed Salah turned his shot against a post after a goal-line clearance had spun his way.
  9. (transitive) To dissolve a partnership or corporation and liquidate its assets.
  10. (baseball, intransitive) To make the preparatory movements for a certain kind of pitch.
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