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English definition of “wind up”

wind up

informal phrasal verb with wind     /waɪnd/ verb (wound, wound)
to find yourself in an unexpected and usually unpleasant situation, especially as a result of what you do: If he carries on like this he's going to wind up in prison! You don't want to wind up homeless, do you?Coming to an endCausing something to end
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