Definition of wind up in English:

wind up

phrasal verb

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

    ‘she wound up in hospital with pneumonia’
    • ‘When Jane's psychosis got especially scary, she wound up in a hospital casualty ward, where she was sent home with some sleeping pills.’
    • ‘If you were in either, you were probably going to wind up dead.’
    • ‘To the family's relief, he finally left home and the marriage, and wound up in a psychiatric hospital.’
    • ‘He wound up in the hospital, suffering from alcoholism and depression.’
    • ‘Bayer winds up finishing third, 27 minutes behind the winner.’
    • ‘Shaking his head in disbelief, he wondered how he'd come to wind up in this situation to begin with.’
    • ‘The first-time visitor to Yorkshire could be forgiven for thinking he had wound up in a land of madmen.’
    • ‘It will probably wind up being better than it has any right to be.’
    • ‘We all wind up in your situation sooner or later, and I agree - it's tough.’
    • ‘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.’
    end up, finish up, find oneself, land up, land oneself
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  • 2Baseball
    (of a pitcher) use the windup delivery.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the pitcher wound up to throw the third pitch, my stomach knotted up.’