to wind up




Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - wind up

"to wind up"

to coil the spring of some mechanism completely by turning a stem or pulling a cord

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - wind up

"to wind up"

to coil something completely, as onto a spool or into a ball

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - wind up

"to wind up"

to come to a finish; end

 

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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - wind up

"to wind up"

to bring something to a finish; end something

 

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Idiom Definition 5

Idiom Definition - wind up

"to wind up"

to put something in order; settle something

 

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Idiom Definition 6

Idiom Definition - wind up

"to wind up"

to arrive in some place or situation after or because of a course of action

 

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Idiom Definition 7

Idiom Definition - wind up

"to wind up"

to distress or perturb someone or something mentally or emotionally

 

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Idiom Definition 8

Idiom Definition - wind up

"to wind up"

to twist the body in preparation to throw or hit

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - wind up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What have you got there?

Friend 2:  It is a little toy mouse for my cat.

Friend 1:  How does it work?

Friend 2Wind it up with the little handle and put it on the floor and it skitters around.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - wind up

A construction foreman is talking to a worker ...

Foreman:  Have you put away the extension cord?

Worker:  Yes. I would up the cord onto the reel.

Foreman:  Good. It is ready for work tomorrow.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - wind up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How long was the meeting yesterday?

Colleague 2:  The meeting wound up around four o'clock.

Colleague 1:  Oh, good. The meeting didn't finish too late, then.


Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - wind up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I see the deadline for our big project is fast approaching.

Colleague 2:  Too fast. We really need to wind it up on the fifteenth.

Colleague 1:  You want to finish it one day early?

Colleague 2:  Yes. That way if there are any last minute adjustments, we will still have a little time.


Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - wind up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Sad to see your business fail.

Friend 2:  I tried my best but these things happen. I need to see a lawyer to officially and finally legally end the business.

Friend 1:  So the lawyer is going to help you wind up the business?

Friend 2:  Yes, I did most of the work, but I need help with the very last details.


Idiom Scenario 6

Idiom Definition - wind up

Two friends are on vacation ...

Friend 1:  Where were you this afternoon?

Friend 2:  I decided to take a walk. I just wandered around without a destination in mind.

Friend 1:  And where did you end up?

Friend 2:  It was a little weird but by the time I ran out of energy I had would up in a cemetery.


Idiom Scenario 7

Idiom Definition - wind up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was the movie?

Friend 2:  Actually, it was more fun to tease a stranger in the front row that to watch the movie.

Friend 1:  What happened?

Friend 2:  Well, the man fell asleep and then we started throwing popcorn at him and making funny jokes about him.

Friend 1:  I am sure the stranger was not very happy.

Friend 2:  He did get a little upset but when he realized that we were just winding him up, all was well.


Idiom Scenario 8

Idiom Definition - wind up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Look at the way that shot-putter winds up for his throw.

Friend 2:  I think that, of all the shot-putters, he twists his body the most.





to wind up - Usage:

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to wind up - Gerund Form:

Winding up the old clock every day is a good idea.

Winding up loose ropes on a sailing ship increases safety.

Winding up the party at midnight is a good idea.

Winding up the report, he prepared to go home.

Winding up lost on a country road is what happens when you don't use a map.

Winding up your friends by telling them ghost stories around a campfire can be fun.

Winding up for the pitch is as important as the pitch itself.



to wind up - Examples:

1)  When you have a championship-caliber team and you wind up losing, it's not something you can easily accept.

2)  ... choose the right number of episodes that will let them best narrate and wind up their groundbreaking saga.

3)  It's estimated that close to 80 percent of taxpayers wind up with a refund.

4)  ... to at least get this project over the finishing line, after which we can wind up the company and go our separate ways?

5)  Even the best crime writers often wind up writing the same book twice.

6)  We don't conduct any new business. We can't wind up the company until all the debts are settled and amounts due from disposal of ...

7)  Or opt for a light you can wind up to energize or one that plugs into the vehicle's auxiliary output.

8)  There are a lot of toxins in the earth, which wind up in the groundwater, which have to be filtered.

9)  ... wanted to wind up his arguments, the bench gave him another opportunity to bring more records to ...

10)  ... that we often want to learn or do in our spare time, but ultimately wind up not doing any of them.

11)  As if that wasn't enough to wind me up, the Capa driver shamelessly tailgated his way past a parked police car.

12)  He was only joking and trying to wind me up, but I suppose there is actually an element of truth in it.

13)  People are saying that she set up Johnny, that she is "winding him up", leading him to say terrible things or react badly.

14)  Remind them that you are an alcoholic, and if they wind you up too much you will hit the bottle and drink their college fund.

15)  No matter how much he would wind you up, you would always have ended up giggling at his cheeky ways.

16)  Humayun wound up the night by taking charge as the drummer. 

17)  ... said it's still unclear how Lomond wound up at the Rosscarrock home.

18)  But my view is the industry is not going to be wound up any time soon.

19)  When I get wound up, I have a fuse that is short.

20)  ... or keep any solid food down, came home, and wound up in the hospital and in my childhood bed for over a month.