wind-down

[ wahynd-doun ]
/ ˈwaɪndˌdaʊn /

noun

an act or instance of winding down, as in intensity: a gradual wind-down in hostilities.

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Origin of wind-down

First recorded in 1965–70; noun use of the verb phrase wind down
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British Dictionary definitions for wind-down

wind down
/ (waɪnd) /

verb (adverb)

(tr) to lower or move down by cranking
(intr) (of a clock spring) to become slack
(intr) to diminish gradually in force or power; relax
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Idioms and Phrases with wind-down

wind down

Diminish gradually, draw to a close, as in By midnight the party had wound down. [Mid-1900s] Also see wind up.

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