Definition of wind up in English:

wind up

phrasal verb

  • 1Arrive or end up in a specified state, situation, or place.

    ‘Kevin winds up in New York’
    • ‘When Jane's psychosis got especially scary, she wound up in a hospital casualty ward, where she was sent home with some sleeping pills.’
    • ‘The first-time visitor to Yorkshire could be forgiven for thinking he had wound up in a land of madmen.’
    • ‘Bayer winds up finishing third, 27 minutes behind the winner.’
    • ‘He wound up in the hospital, suffering from alcoholism and depression.’
    • ‘And, if you don't want to wind up in that situation, you need to pack heat and be prepared to resist at the point of abduction.’
    • ‘Shaking his head in disbelief, he wondered how he'd come to wind up in this situation to begin with.’
    • ‘To the family's relief, he finally left home and the marriage, and wound up in a psychiatric hospital.’
    • ‘If you were in either, you were probably going to wind up dead.’
    • ‘We all wind up in your situation sooner or later, and I agree - it's tough.’
    • ‘It will probably wind up being better than it has any right to be.’
    end up, finish up, find oneself, land up, land oneself
    fetch up
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  • 2

    ‘he wound up by attacking Nonconformists’
    another way of saying wind something up
    • ‘It looks like this job will wind up soon - the company could well fold in the next month or so.’
  • 3Baseball
    (of a pitcher) use the windup delivery.

    • ‘As the pitcher wound up to throw the third pitch, my stomach knotted up.’
    • ‘Pitchers don't just wind up and let go, they throw to spots, which makes batters far more likely victims.’
    • ‘He wound up and threw another fastball, high again for ball two.’