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windup

[wahynd-uhp] /ˈwaɪndˌʌp/
noun
1.
the conclusion of any action, activity, etc.; the end or close.
2.
a final act or part.
3.
Baseball. the preparatory movements of the arm before pitching a ball.
Compare stretch (def 22).
4.
Informal. a mechanical object, as a toy or wristwatch, that is driven by a spring or similar mechanism that must be wound.
5.
an act or instance of winding up.
Also, wind-up.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; noun use of verb phrase wind up
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British Dictionary definitions for wind-up

wind up

/waɪnd/
verb (adverb)
1.
to bring to or reach a conclusion: he wound up the proceedings
2.
(transitive) to tighten the spring of (a clockwork mechanism)
3.
(transitive; usually passive) (informal) to make nervous, tense, etc; excite: he was all wound up before the big fight
4.
(transitive) to roll (thread, etc) into a ball
5.
an informal word for liquidate (sense 2)
6.
(intransitive) (informal) to end up (in a specified state): you'll wind up without any teeth
7.
(transitive; usually passive) to involve; entangle: they were wound up in three different scandals
8.
(transitive) to hoist or haul up
9.
(transitive) (Brit, slang) to tease (someone)
noun
10.
the act of concluding
11.
the finish; end
12.
(Brit, slang) an act or instance of teasing: she just thinks it's a big wind-up
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