wind-up

Definitions

General English

  • phrasal verb
    (written as wind up)
    to twist round and round
  • phrasal verb
    (written as wind up)
    to turn a key to make a machine work
  • phrasal verb
    (written as wind up)
    to turn a key to make something go up
  • phrasal verb
    (written as wind up)
    to be in a situation at the end of a period
  • phrasal verb
    (written as wind up)
    to make someone annoyed

Accounting

  • phrasal verb
    (written as wind up)
    to end a meeting, or to close down a business or organisation and sell its assets

Economics

  • phrasal verb
    (written as wind up)
    to put a company into liquidation

Law

  • verb
    (written as wind up)
    to end something such as a meeting

Media Studies

  • verb
    (written as wind up)
    to bring something such as an interview to a close

Politics

  • verb
    (written as wind up)
    to end a meeting or a debate

Slang

  • noun a provocation, teasing or deception. A London working-class back-formation from the verb wind someone up, which became a fashionable term in the late 1970s, spreading into general colloquial usage around 1979. (An expert at this kind of deliberate irritation is a ‘wind-up artist’.).
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