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The Collaborative Dictionary

Wind-up \Wind"-up`\, n. Act of winding up, or closing; a concluding act or part; the end. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Word Net

windup adj : operated by a mechanism; "windup toys" [syn: windup(a)] n : a concluding action [syn: completion, culmination, closing, mop up]

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  1. the act of ending or concluding something
  2. the last part of something; a conclusion
  3. A practical joke or tease


  1. operated by a coiled spring that is wound by hand


to windup
  1. To convince somebody that something is true, especially when it is not, often for humorous purposes
    George Bush says that God told him to invade Iraq! Are you winding me up?

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