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wind-up (plural wind-ups)

  1. The end or conclusion of something.
    Everyone come to our end-of-the-term wind-up party.
  2. A punch line of a joke or comedy routine.
  3. A joke, an attempt to fool someone or to make them angry.
    • 1999: Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (movie)
      "Is this a wind-up, or what?" "No, no, it's true. He can really do it."
  4. (baseball) the part of a pitch where the pitcher moves his or her arm backwards before throwing the ball.
    • 1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (movie)
      He's into his wind-up. Here comes the pitch. Strike on the inside corner!

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wind-up (not comparable)

  1. (of a machine) needing to be wound up in order to function.
    • 1997, Daria (TV, episode 1.07):
      Maybe you could get a wind-up toy to distract him.