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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Contributor: Matt Errey