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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
  1. verb
    coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem
    synonyms: wind
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    type of:
    fasten, tighten
    make tight or tighter
  2. verb
    stimulate sexually
    synonyms: arouse, excite, sex, turn on
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    types:
    tempt
    try to seduce
    type of:
    excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
  3. verb
    give a preliminary swing to the arm pitching
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    type of:
    swing
    move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting
  4. verb
    finally be or do something
    “he wound up being unemployed and living at home again”
    synonyms: end up, fetch up, finish, finish up, land up
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    type of:
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
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