end up doing

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

end up (by) doing something

 and wind up (by) doing something 
1. . to conclude something by doing something. We ended up by going back to my house. They danced until midnight and wound up by having pizza in the front room.
2. to end by doing something [anyway]. I wound up by going home early.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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