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Meaning of “wind up” in the English Dictionary

"wind up" in British English

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wind up

informal
phrasal verb with wind uk   us   /waɪnd/ verb (wound, wound)
to ​find yourself in an ​unexpected and usually ​unpleasantsituation, ​especially as a ​result of what you do: If he ​keeps doing ​stuff like that he's going to ​wind up in ​prison! You don't ​want to ​wind up ​homeless, do you?

wind-upnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /ˈwaɪnd.ʌp/ UK informal
something that is not ​true that you ​tell someone in ​order to make a ​joke: You can't be ​serious - is this a wind-up?

wind-upadjective [before noun]

A wind-up ​toy, ​watch, etc. has a ​key or ​part that you ​turn in ​order to make it ​operate: a wind-up ​alarmclock
(Definition of wind up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wind up" in American English

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wind up

 /ˈwɑɪndˈʌp/
phrasal verb with wind  us   /wɑɪnd/ verb (past tense and past participle wound  /wɑʊnd/ )

wind up (BECOME)

to come to be in a ​particularsituation or ​condition, esp. a ​bad one: If you aren’t ​carefulliftingweights, you could wind up ​hurting yourself.
(Definition of wind up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"wind up" in Business English

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wind up

phrasal verb with wind uk   us   /waɪnd/ verb (wound, wound)
[T] LAW to ​close a ​business, especially when it is not ​successful and has ​debts: The ​company was wound up in February with ​debts of $5.2 million.
[I or T] to end a ​meeting, discussion, or an ​activity: We need to ​start winding up now as someone else has ​booked the ​meetingroom. They announced that they would be winding up the ​negotiations today.
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wind-upnoun [C]

uk   us   MANAGEMENT, LAW
the ​process of ​formallyending the existence of a ​company, usually because it is ​bankrupt: The ​firmcollapsed and a wind-up ​order was given.
(Definition of wind up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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