windup

or wind-up

[ wahynd-uhp ]
/ ˈwaɪndˌʌp /

noun

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.

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Origin of windup

First recorded in 1565–75; noun use of verb phrase wind up
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British Dictionary definitions for windup

wind up
/ (waɪnd) /

verb (adverb)

noun wind-up

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Idioms and Phrases with windup

wind up

1

Come or bring to a finish, as in The party was winding up, so we decided to leave, or Let's wind up the meeting and get back to work. [Early 1800s] Also see wind down.

2

Put in order, settle, as in She had to wind up her affairs before she could move. [Late 1700s]

3

Arrive somewhere following a course of action, end up, as in We got lost and wound up in another town altogether, or If you're careless with your bank account, you can wind up overdrawn. [Colloquial; early 1900s]

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