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end up

1. To reach some conclusion, state, or situation due to a particular course of action. Thanks to that traffic jam, I ended up being late to the meeting. Sara has always loved to read so I'm not surprised that she ended up an English major. I really think that you and your high school sweetheart will end up together.
2. To take some course of action, perhaps reluctantly. Thanks to bad weather, we ended up by leaving our beach house ahead of schedule.
3. To conclude something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "end" and "up." Well, I'd say that big fight pretty much ends up our family dinner.
4. To reach a particular location, often unintentionally. We wanted to go to the beach on Saturday, but because traffic was so bad, we ended up at the mall instead. When my car's engine overheated, I ended up at the mechanic instead of my big job interview.
5. To be with someone, often by default. It seems that we've ended up with the most boring tour guide on the planet. He's seriously putting me to sleep.
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end up (by) (doing something)

1. To take some course of action, perhaps reluctantly. Thanks to bad weather, we ended up by leaving our beach house ahead of schedule.
2. To conclude something with a particular action. Well, as usual, our family ended up by having a big fight after Thanksgiving dinner.
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end something up

to terminate something; to bring something to an end. He ended his vacation up by going to the beach. She ended up her speech with a poem.
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end up

( somewhere ) and wind up( somewhere ) to finish at a certain place. If you don't get straightened out, you'll end up in jail. I fell and hurt myself, and I wound up in the hospital.
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end up

(somewhere) and wind up (somewhere) to finish at a certain place. If you don't get straightened out, you'll end up in jail. I fell and hurt myself, and I wound up in the hospital.
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end up

to come to an end. When will all this end up? I think that the party will have to end up about midnight.
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end up

Arrive at, result in, finish. For example, He thought he'd end up living in the city, or We don't know how Nancy will end up. [First half of 1900s] Also see wind up.
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end up

v.
1. To bring something to a close: The manager ended up the meeting by thanking us for all of our hard work.
2. To arrive somewhere, especially when not anticipated: We lost our way and ended up downtown. If you end up in our area tonight, feel free to drop in.
3. To arrive in some situation or condition as a result of a course of action: If you keep going outside in this weather without shoes, you'll end up catching a cold.
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George understands the passion that This End Up insiders feel about their lost company.
When This End Up outsourced delivery to Hygrade Transport, it also turned over the operation of its new centralized distribution center to the transport company.
The very culture that made This End Up a special company wasn't a good fit for bottom-line performance in a larger company, George argued.
"The This End Up culture -- working together, joint decision-making -- is a wonderful culture for a company as it is growing, but it is not a good culture when you're in a turnaround situation.
With no buyers willing to take the risk, Citicorp had no choice but to liquidate This End Up. Whatever the causes of its downfall, This End Up leaves a legacy behind -- one of ideas, products and people.
George points to the core executives as This End Up's greatest contribution to the home furnishings industry.
Caroline Hipple, who was executive vice president of sales, marketing and merchandising at This End Up, was just named president of Storehouse, the 43-store home furnishings chain based in Atlanta.
"In the next few years, as the people that were the core of This End Up assume new positions, you will see the elements of that success in other companies," George said.
"Everyone is going to ask, `Why didn't This End Up make it?' "
1975 Robertson's sister, Libby Brown, and her husband, Stewart, open the first This End Up in Richmond.
1979 This End Up makes move into shopping malls; traffic and sales soar.
1996 Melville dissolves; Citicorp buys This End Up.
May 1999 This End Up operates 135 stores with annual sales of $149 million, but posts $22 million loss.