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  • n. A humorous attempt to fool somebody, a practical joke in which the victim is encouraged to believe something untrue.
  • v. To end up; to arrive or result.
  • v. To conclude, complete, or finish.
  • v. To tighten by winding or twisting.
  • v. To excite.
  • v. To play a prank, to take the mickey or mock
  • v. To dissolve a partnership or corporation and liquidate its assets


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • COME TO EXCITING ANDALUSIA, one of them said, and I thought: How exactly did Espee wind up in this as Francesca put it dreary little suburb?


  • My ass would wind up dead and that nigga would be looking for the next piece of side-ass.

    Real wifeys

  • In fact, many places with valuable, nonrenewable resources like forests, metals, and minerals wind up as impoverished noncontenders in the global economy, with their citizens often left hungry and sick.


  • Even as he watched, he saw Latha Meru turn away from him, apparently retreating to the lift—but wind up facing him again anyway, as if she had done a full circle rather than a simple quarter-turn.

    Creative Couplings

  • Youd rather wind up with a bunch of insane surge-monkeys?


  • Eventually she would wind up in Austin, where she worked as a librarian at Dawson Elementary. - Highschool

  • The best example is the "Delicious Dish" segment, in which Gasteyer and Shannon brought back their [cough] NPR cooking-show hosts who always wind up wandering into some inadvertently filthy conversation about food.

    NPR Topics: News

  • I have since learned that Ruthann committed suicide at a special site, one with petroglyphs dating back to 750 B.C. No one is allowed there without an archaeological permit, and if you walk along the basin opposite the cliffs, you will eventually wind up in Walnut Canyon, and the cliff dwellings.


  • And we dredgemen give them their ballast, which of course they have to mix with rock, gravel and lime, else it would all wind up back in river.

    Morgan’s Run

  • Agitate cerebral cells until you wind up psychotic.

    Ellen Hopkins: Crank Trilogy


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  • Contronymic in the sense: begin (pitcher's wind-up) vs. end.

    January 31, 2007