One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Wind (a mechanism, especially a watch) beyond the proper stopping point.‘a form of stop work applied to watches to prevent them being overwound’
- ‘The Hozelock easily, quickly and properly rewinds its 100' of hose with the turn of the handle; no overwinding, no tangling, no problems.’
- ‘The decrease in the pitch value corresponds to an overwinding of the helices, but was still compatible with the observed pitches in coiled coil.’
- ‘And, perhaps because the routine is the same every day, time seems to be whizzing past as if someone had overwound the clock.’
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