Definition of wind up in English:

wind up

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phrasal verb

  • 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. 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’
    • ‘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.’
    close, close down, dissolve, liquidate, put into liquidation
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    1. 2.1Gradually or finally bring an activity to a conclusion.
      • ‘the experiments had to be wound up because the funding stopped’
      conclude, bring to an close, bring to an end, end, terminate, finish
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    2. 2.2wind upGradually or finally come to a conclusion.
      • ‘a reporter shouted as the press conference was winding up’
  • 3informal Arrive or end up in a specified state, situation, or place.

    • ‘Kevin winds up in New York’
    • ‘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.’
    end up, finish up, find oneself, land up, land oneself
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  • 4wind someone up, wind up someoneinformal Make someone tense or angry.

    • ‘he was clearly wound up and frantic about his daughter’
    • ‘I was feeling extremely tense and uncomfortable and the whole thing was winding me up more and more and more.’
    • ‘His lack of insight winds him up and leads him to write angry and bitter rants like this - it's pretty sad really.’
    • ‘I suppose it's fitting that I rant about religion on Easter Sunday, but this wound me up, and then Steve tipped me over the edge.’
    • ‘There is nothing that will wind me up more than hearing my children cry, at this age in particular.’
    • ‘I don't eat because the noise other people make with the munching and the slurping and rattling bags winds me up, so I think it would be hypocritical if I ate, too.’
    • ‘But it winds me up because everything we have seen today does not have to be like that.’
    • ‘This happens every six months or so, and really winds me up.’
    • ‘The suggestion that he is some arty posh boy winds him up.’
    • ‘It really sticks in my craw, winds me up, annoys me that he has the views on homosexuality that he has.’
    • ‘In a nutshell, if someone comes up to you and winds you up, you don't have to become annoyed, and reply in kind.’
    1. 4.1British informal Tease or irritate someone.
      • ‘she's only winding me up’
      tease, make fun of, chaff
      annoy, anger, irritate, exasperate, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, nettle, pique, get on someone's nerves, ruffle someone's feathers
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  • 5Prepare to throw or punch something with great force.

    • ‘she wound up and hit him hard’
    1. 5.1Baseball (of a pitcher) use the windup delivery.
      ‘Pitchers don't just wind up and let go, they throw to spots, which makes batters far more likely victims.’
      • ‘As the pitcher wound up to throw the third pitch, my stomach knotted up.’
      • ‘He wound up and threw another fastball, high again for ball two.’