from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To tighten (the strings) of a musical instrument, so as to tune it.


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  • "We don't know where we're going, we're damn well liable to wind up north again for all we know—clear back to the damn road!"


  • Their route lay near the dairy from which they had started with such solemn joy in each other a few days back, and, as Clare wished to wind up his business with Mr. Crick, Tess could hardly avoid paying Mrs. Crick a call at the same time, unless she would excite suspicion of their unhappy state.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • This he now proceeded to attempt, by steadily moving from Warrenton toward the Lower Rappahannock, and the result, as will be seen, was a Federal disaster to wind up this “year of battles.”

    A Life of Gen Robert E Lee

  • "Are you going to wind up young Nikklin again about Macao?"

    Noble House

  • A few hundred yards from Mr. Ringgan's gate the road began to wind up a very long heavy hill.


  • Button-Bright then wanted to wind up the copper man, and Dorothy promised he should do so as soon as any part of the machinery ran down.

    Love Letters

  • "When you undertake to chastise me," said Stewy, "you'd better appoint your executors: for they'll have to wind up the business."

    Master William Mitten: or, A Youth of Brilliant Talents, Who Was Ruined by Bad Luck

  • The Countess of Sandport lent her cherished portative wind-organ and an ensemble of musicians to enhance the dignity of the feast of welcome and the coronation ceremony itself, while the gleemen of Lord Mosstor would provide earthier entertainment during the reception and grand banquet scheduled to wind up the celebration tomorrow.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • The result of this interview was that Lady Hester declined the pasha's offer of troops, and leaving the doctor to wind up affairs at Damascus she departed alone, ostensibly for Hamah, a city on the highroad to Aleppo.

    Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century

  • She should be able to wind up her law studies at Pehanron in another year, and she'd intended to wait till then before giving serious attention to psi and what could be done with it — or, at any rate, to what she could do with it.

    The Lion Game


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