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English definition of “wind up”

wind up

(BECOME) /ˈwɑɪndˈʌp/ phrasal verb with wind    /wɑɪnd/ verb (past tense and past participle wound  /wɑʊnd/)
to come to be in a particular situation or condition, esp. a bad one: If you aren’t careful lifting weights, you could wind up hurting yourself.
(Definition of wind up (BECOME) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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