reel up(redirected from reel something up)
1. To wind or coil something onto, or as if onto, a reel. In each usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "reel" and "up." The hose always gets twisted and bunched whenever I try to reel it up. Remember to reel up the cable at a low speed to reduce friction.
2. To reel one's fishing line in order to bring in what one has caught. My uncle once reeled up a fish that weighed over 50 pounds! I spent nearly 15 minutes trying to reel the pike up.
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