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Phrasal Verbs

wind up (1)

This page is about the phrasal verb wind up (1)

Meaning

If you wind up in a certain place or situation, you find yourself there by chance or because of unexpected events.

Synonym

end up, finish up

For example

  • wind up If the economy doesn't improve, more and more people could wind up jobless and homeless and living on the streets.

  • wind up doing sth After missing the last train, we wound up staying the night in a hotel near the station.

Note:
"wind" is pronounced as in "wind the clock", not as in "the wind blew"

Quick Quiz

If Denise keeps coming to work late, she could wind up

a. getting the sack

b. getting a pay rise

c. getting a promotion

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