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or wind-up

[wahynd-uhp] /ˈwaɪndˌʌp/
the conclusion of any action, activity, etc.; the end or close.
a final act or part.
Baseball. the preparatory movements of the arm before pitching a ball.
Compare stretch (def 22).
Informal. a mechanical object, as a toy or wristwatch, that is driven by a spring or similar mechanism that must be wound.
an act or instance of winding up.
Origin of windup
First recorded in 1565-75; noun use of verb phrase wind up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It would have been something of a windup to send the boy to the penitentiary.

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

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