wind up

To wind up is to turn the key of a toy or device that uses a clockwork motor to run. A good way to scare your sleeping dog is to wind up a mechanical hopping frog and set it loose.

You can wind up a mechanical toy (also called a wind up toy), or wind up just before you pitch a baseball. This involves a step back in the direction of second base before a forward step with the hands lifted overhead, preparing to throw the ball. Then there's the way people wind up, or end up, in some place or position: "At the end of the play, the characters wind up right where they started."

Definitions of wind up

v coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem

Type of:
fasten, tighten
make tight or tighter

v stimulate sexually

arouse, excite, sex, turn on
try to seduce
Type of:
excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

v give a preliminary swing to the arm pitching

Type of:
move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting

v finally be or do something

“he wound up being unemployed and living at home again”
end up, fetch up, finish, finish up, land up
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

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