Definition of wind-up in English:

wind-up

noun

  • 1British informal An attempt to tease or irritate someone.

    ‘surely this was a wind-up’
    • ‘I thought it was a wind-up when I first got back to the coach and discovered my backpack was missing.’
    • ‘But, to be honest, when I first found out Accrington had made enquiries about me, I thought it was a wind-up.’
    • ‘‘We thought the text message was a wind-up,’ said Mr Grimes.’
    • ‘The build-up has the atmosphere of a phoney war as the rivals perfect the various practical jokes and wind-ups that will help unsettle their enemy's preparations.’
    • ‘And, when a spokesman from the breakfast show phoned to tell him the good news, John put the phone down thinking it was a wind-up.’
    • ‘Kerry will be presenting a show of wind-ups and pranks.’
    • ‘It is not that he is without humour or fun - friends in Sweden such as Bengt Skoog, the freelance journalist based in Larsson's home town of Helsingborg, regularly tell of his wisecracking and wind-ups.’
    • ‘"We thought the text message was a wind-up, " said Mr Grimes.’
    • ‘Donal gave a sparkling performance with his version of ‘The Roast,’ essentially a good windup of a colleague, delivered, of course, in the true spirit of Toastmasters with wit and humour.’
    • ‘We all came up with the idea of The Naked Gardener and my friend put it on a website as a wind-up.’
    • ‘‘I thought it was a wind-up when I got the invitation,’ said Oscar.’
    • ‘Its one of the best wind-ups of all to suggest to an ultra-left group that they might be a front for some security service or other.’
    • ‘I thought it was a wind-up but when I looked there was no-one there.’
    • ‘‘Sewing a squash ball into the back of their pyjamas or nightie might sound like a wind-up but it's effective because it stops people from sleeping on their back,’ he said.’
    • ‘But with Grady, it's hard to know what's true and what's a wind-up.’
    • ‘Perhaps not surprisingly, Paul refused to believe them and fearing he was the victim of a cruel wind-up fired some insults down the phone to Walwyn, who was trying to say just how much he enjoyed the song.’
    • ‘At first we thought it was a wind-up but it really is a tremendous honour and we're absolutely bowled over.’
    • ‘When Downing Street phoned to tell him, he thought it was a wind-up.’
    • ‘This report is not a wind-up: A firm of burly bailiffs have failed in their bid to evict a wheelchair-bound nun from her home.’
    • ‘I'm sure Sergen meant well and simply wanted to share his pleasure with the widest possible audience, yet there is a dark interpretation of these events: namely, that the Besiktas players were attempting some kind of wind-up.’
  • 2An act of concluding or finishing something.

    ‘a company wind-up’
    • ‘In the windup of your book, you have a segment called ‘Seven Lessons of Leadership for the President’ based on your experience of working for four presidents.’
    • ‘And we've just seen the windup of the more than $1 billion in a federal health-aid program that's been bolstering the system since 1995.’
    • ‘I will look briefly at clause 25, which deals with the wind-up of a club.’
    • ‘The bill provides for disclosure and consultation before finalisation of scheme wind-ups occurring from June 1, 2002.’
    • ‘Bill is a victim of a pension wind-up after his company went bust.’
    • ‘Had the company stayed, it would almost certainly have become just another forgotten statistic in the vast list of company wind-ups and failures.’
    • ‘The issue in Peet involved a determination of entitlement during the notice period when the employee had elected to receive early benefits under a partial wind-up.’
    • ‘So what we may be seeing, in part at least, here is just part of the wind-up of a political campaign.’
    • ‘We will help the victims of pension wind-ups.’
    • ‘Incidentally, victims of pension scheme wind-ups plan to stage a rally in London on Sunday, June 8.’
    • ‘But then came the steaming bowls of bozbashi, and, contrary to all logic, this hearty lamb soup was the perfect wind-up to the feast.’
    • ‘Frank Buckley, if you have an additional question or a windup to the report, we'll turn it back to you.’
    • ‘Howie, we're in New York with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to look back at the windup of the presidential primary season and to look ahead to Gore versus Bush.’
    • ‘The small workforce never challenged the wind-up.’
    • ‘‘The Apprentice,’ the windup of the third season is Thursday night on NBC.’
    • ‘All summer long the tour had traversed the county and played 22 times on Kerry courses and this was the wind-up.’
    • ‘This seminar will provide an overview of the income tax issues related to wind-ups and amalgamations.’
    • ‘The July wind-up coincides with the launch by Eircell of the country's first controlled pilot project on the recycling of disused mobile phones, batteries and chargers.’
    • ‘In his opinion, the wind-ups are the result of Bulgaria's pending EU accession.’
    • ‘Any surplus is identified only for this purpose and is not related to identifying amounts that may be attributable to members on a wind-up of the entire plan.’
    end, ending, finish, close, closure, termination, cessation
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  • 3Baseball
    The motions of a pitcher preparing to pitch the ball.

    • ‘Even Tiant's repertoire of pace-changing wind-ups did little to confuse the Reds' batters.’
    • ‘Break the windup into segments - such as stepback, leg kick, release and follow-through - that allow pitchers to isolate each of the steps.’
    • ‘The 28-year-old Burnett, whose across-the-body delivery has concerned scouts for years, tinkered with a new windup this spring before going back to his old motion.’
    • ‘This hurler has cultivated an elaborate windup.’
    • ‘Rule 8.01 says that once a pitcher starts his windup he must continue ‘without interruption or alteration.’’

Pronunciation

wind-up

/ˈwʌɪndʌp/