1wind something up, wind up somethingMake a clock or other device operate by turning a handle or key.
- ‘he wound up the clock every Saturday night’
- 1.1Increase the tension, intensity, or power of something.‘he wound up the engine’
- ‘Luckily the road was fairly empty and I slammed up the gearbox winding the car up to an eyewatering 105 mph.’
- ‘Brakes off, cranks churning, I wind it up and let it go.’
- ‘On the highway it winds it up to about forty-five, at which point the engine and drive train are seemingly screaming the distorted symphonics of an ear-splitting concerto.’
- ‘The thing was so underpowered that you needed three miles to wind it up before you even think about passing!’
- ‘Like all their engines, though, this one loves to be run out to the limit, so, if you close your ears and wind it up to the 7,000 rpm ignition cut-out, it will perform much better.’
2wind something up, wind up somethingBritish Arrange the affairs of and dissolve a company.‘the company has since been wound up’
close, close down, dissolve, liquidate, put into liquidationView synonyms
- ‘If the liquidator receives this amount at sale, then, based on the company's statement of affairs when it was wound up, the company could be left in a break-even situation.’
- ‘As a result, insolvent companies are not wound up but sit idle, usually heavily in debt, until they are struck off the register.’
- ‘Having taken all steps, active or passive, required to terminate the activities of the club, short of passing a formal resolution to wind it up or dissolve it, the general meeting of the club resolved to sell the club's last asset.’
- ‘After the death of the estate owner and before the estate is wound up, the trust can provide a source of funds for the maintenance and other needs of dependants.’
- ‘The business has to be operational for 12 weeks after which the learners are asked to wind it up.’
- ‘In those proceedings an order was made that both would be required to sign business cheques until the business was wound up, and the business financial arrangements either litigated to resolution or sorted out between the parties.’
- ‘Under the current rules, pensioners are ranked ahead of current workers when company schemes are wound up.’
- ‘Eventually the partnership was wound up and a dispute arose as to what should happen to the property that the parties co-owned for their business purposes.’
- ‘When the company was wound up the contract was cancelled.’
- ‘The authority itself is due to be wound up at the end of this month.’
- 2.1Gradually or finally bring an activity to a conclusion.
conclude, bring to an close, bring to an end, end, terminate, finishView synonyms
- ‘the experiments had to be wound up because the funding stopped’
- 2.2wind upGradually or finally come to a conclusion.
- ‘a reporter shouted as the press conference was winding up’
3 informal Arrive or end up in a specified state, situation, or place.
end up, finish up, find oneself, land up, land oneselfView synonyms
- ‘she wound up in hospital with pneumonia’
- ‘he wound up serving two weeks in jail after violating probation’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If you were in either, you were probably going to wind up dead.’
- ‘He wound up in the hospital, suffering from alcoholism and depression.’
- ‘To the family's relief, he finally left home and the marriage, and wound up in a psychiatric hospital.’
- ‘The first-time visitor to Yorkshire could be forgiven for thinking he had wound up in a land of madmen.’
- ‘Bayer winds up finishing third, 27 minutes behind the winner.’
- ‘When Jane's psychosis got especially scary, she wound up in a hospital casualty ward, where she was sent home with some sleeping pills.’
- ‘It will probably wind up being better than it has any right to be.’
4wind someone up, wind up someone informal Make someone tense or angry.
- ‘he was clearly wound up and frantic about his daughter’
- 4.1British informal Tease or irritate someone.
tease, make fun of, chaffannoy, anger, irritate, exasperate, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, nettle, pique, get on someone's nerves, ruffle someone's feathersView synonyms
- ‘she's only winding me up’
- ‘He teased me and wound me up, without mercy, all day, for my grumpiness.’
- ‘She was winding me up, teasing me, and I knew it but the pain was still too fresh and the anger wasn't far from the surface and it took everything I had to keep quiet.’
- ‘In itself this can be a little irritating if you're trying to wind someone up.’
- ‘Then again, his fresh-faced good looks and confident agreeability might only wind them up more.’
- ‘I admit I respect his body of work but every now and then I'll send him an e-mail just to wind him up.’
- ‘Derek winds me up that I have a wee boy who is English because he was born in Carlisle but I get him back because his wee girl was born in Edinburgh.’
- ‘They wound me up about the result, we had a few drinks and we shared some laughs.’
- ‘Asked if he believed teams would try to wind him up to provoke a response, he admitted: ‘Yes, probably, but I'm an experienced player now and I want to prove that.’’
- ‘She was trying to wind me up and I just snapped.’
- ‘The players were shouting at us and trying to wind us up about the result.’
5Prepare to throw or punch something with great force.
- ‘she wound up and hit him hard’
- 5.1Baseball (of a pitcher) use the windup delivery.