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windup

or wind-up

[wahynd-uhp]
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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.
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Origin of windup

First recorded in 1565–75; noun use of verb phrase wind up
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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.

  • “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.