Synonyms of wind someone up in English:

wind someone up

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1‘I knew Katie was just winding me up’

tease, make fun of, chaff
annoy, vex
informal take the mickey out of, send up, rib, josh, kid, have on, pull someone's leg, rag
North American informal goof on, rag on, put on, pull someone's chain, razz, fun, shuck
Australian, New Zealand informal poke mullock at, poke borak at, sling off at
British vulgar slang take the piss out of
dated make sport of, twit

2‘Alan was getting hot under the collar—David seemed to be winding him up on purpose’

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
provoke, goad, work up, make tense
informal aggravate, rile, niggle, get in someone's hair, get to, bug, miff, peeve, get under someone's skin, get up someone's nose, hack off
British informal rub up the wrong way, nark, get across
North American informal ride
vulgar slang piss off