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 for To wind up
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wind \Wind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wound (wound) (rarely
     Winded); p. pr. & vb. n. Winding.] [OE. winden, AS.
     windan; akin to OS. windan, D. & G. winden, OHG. wintan,
     Icel. & Sw. vinda, Dan. vinde, Goth. windan (in comp.). Cf.
     Wander, Wend.]
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     1. To turn completely, or with repeated turns; especially, to
        turn about something fixed; to cause to form convolutions
        about anything; to coil; to twine; to twist; to wreathe;
        as, to wind thread on a spool or into a ball.
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              Whether to wind
              The woodbine round this arbor.        --Milton.
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     2. To entwist; to infold; to encircle.
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              Sleep, and I will wind thee in arms.  --Shak.
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     3. To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one's
        pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to
        govern. "To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus." --Shak.
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              In his terms so he would him wind.    --Chaucer.
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              Gifts blind the wise, and bribes do please
              And wind all other witnesses.         --Herrick.
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              Were our legislature vested in the prince, he might
              wind and turn our constitution at his pleasure.
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     4. To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate.
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              You have contrived . . . to wind
              Yourself into a power tyrannical.     --Shak.
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              Little arts and dexterities they have to wind in
              such things into discourse.           --Gov. of
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     5. To cover or surround with something coiled about; as, to
        wind a rope with twine.
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     To wind off, to unwind; to uncoil.
     To wind out, to extricate. [Obs.] --Clarendon.
     To wind up.
        (a) To coil into a ball or small compass, as a skein of
            thread; to coil completely.
        (b) To bring to a conclusion or settlement; as, to wind up
            one's affairs; to wind up an argument.
        (c) To put in a state of renewed or continued motion, as a
            clock, a watch, etc., by winding the spring, or that
            which carries the weight; hence, to prepare for
            continued movement or action; to put in order anew.
            "Fate seemed to wind him up for fourscore years."
            --Dryden. "Thus they wound up his temper to a pitch."
        (d) To tighten (the strings) of a musical instrument, so
            as to tune it. "Wind up the slackened strings of thy
            lute." --Waller.
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