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English definition of “wind (sth) up”

wind (sth) up

verb uk phrasal verb with wind   /waɪnd/ (wound, wound) us  
to end, or to make an activity end: I think it's about time we wound this meeting up. We need to wind up now, we've only got five minutes.Causing something to endComing to an end
(Definition of wind (sth) up phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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