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wind up

phrasal verb with wind
 
 
/waɪnd/ verb ( past tense and past participle wound)
to finally be somewhere or do something, especially without having planned it: If he carries on like this, he'll wind up in prison. [+ doing sth] I wound up having to start the course from the beginning again.Final and finally
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