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"wind up" in British English

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wind up

informal
phrasal verb with wind uk   /waɪnd/ us   /waɪnd/ verb wound, wound

wind-upnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˈwaɪnd.ʌp/ 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]

/ˈwaɪnd.ʌp/ /ˈwaɪnd.ʌp/
(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/
  • (BECOME)

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 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   /waɪnd/ us   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 meeting room. 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 formally ending the existence of a company, usually because it is bankrupt: The firm collapsed and a wind-up order was given.
(Definition of wind up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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