end up

Meaning: If you end up being somewhere, or doing something, it's because of decisions you've made in the past.

Synonym: finish up, wind up

For example:

  • end up If Jimmy keeps taking drugs, he'll end up in jail or dead.

  • end up doing sth If you don't study hard, you could end up doing a job you don't like much.

Quick Quiz:

If Maria keeps coming to work late, she'll end up

a. getting a promotion

b. getting a raise

c. getting fired

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