One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Arrive or end up in a specified state, situation, or place.‘she wound up in hospital with pneumonia’
end up, finish up, find oneself, land up, land oneselfView synonyms
- ‘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.’
(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.’
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