To wind up

Related to To wind up: wind off, gusting
To coil into a ball or small compass, as a skein of thread; to coil completely.
- Clarendon.
To bring to a conclusion or settlement; as, to wind up one's affairs; to wind up an argument.
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.
To tighten (the strings) of a musical instrument, so as to tune it.
- Dryden.

See also: Wind, Wind, Wind, Wind

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in periodicals archive ?
"Its like an old-fashioned car-starting handle and you have three separate mechanisms you have to wind up and it takes 140 winds to wind up all three - and each one is big, and I mean big."
And a London station were blasted for trying to wind up the Radio Authority itself by getting one of its workers to say on air which swear words were banned.
"The instigation of the incident in Ashton Lane was a childish attempt to wind up Neil Lennon, which resulted in unfortunate consequences.