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windup

or wind-up

[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.
Origin of windup
1565-1575
1565-75; noun use of verb phrase wind up
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  • “I find that a bit of noise always helps after we get the windup with the bayonet, sir,” he explained to Dalroy.

    The Day of Wrath Louis Tracy
  • He stopped his windup and threw to Menken, who was covering the rubber and yelling to him to throw.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King Lester Chadwick
  • He was disguised as a prima ballerina for the purpose, and as a windup he danced, with great skill and abandon, a can-can.

    A Little Garrison Fritz von der Kyrburg
  • It would have been something of a windup to send the boy to the penitentiary.

    Dominie Dean Ellis Parker Butler
  • Our morning meal was like a capital English breakfast, with coffee by way of a windup.

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