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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of wind up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. brought to a state of great tension


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  • Somewhere, he thought, angels must be snickering at the idea that he, of all people, had wound up with three increasingly babelicious girls to shepherd into womanhood.

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  • In Franklin just south of Nashville, Maggie Coyle, a 57-year-old speech pathologist, wound up with 16 inches of water inside the first floor of her home near the Harpeth River.

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  • Jessica wound up choosing not an animal or traditional bauta, but a simple white one, decorated with feathers and tiny silver six-pointed stars, held up by a slender wand and decorated with ribbons that flowed down like a drift of snow.


  • Stuey never followed through; the Water Pik wound up under the sink, collecting dust.

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  • We wound up buying a gorgeous twenty-seven-foot, preowned twin-engine Blackfin fishing boat.

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  • Jennifer Kirmse is a filmmaker and comic genius who somehow wound up making video games for George Lucas.


  • Cohen wound up basing his strategy on a model proposed by psychiatrist Judith Herman in Trauma and Recovery, her 1992 book on sexual and domestic violence and abuse.

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  • He withdrew from the race and I wound up working for Diane Allen.

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  • Ken Uston wound up taking his case all the way to the New Jersey supreme court, where he won a landmark decision.

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  • “You wound up being the most emotionally honest person on Vrinda because you recognized the device for what it was.”



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