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wind something (up) (into something)

to coil something up into a ball or similar shape. Tony wound all the string up into a ball. Wind up the string into a ball. Please wind this into a ball.
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"Because there is no other smell in the West wind but snuff," said Jip.
The storm of rain and wind descended upon them towards eight o'clock.
Up to this time the Tankadere had always held her course to the north; but towards evening the wind, veering three quarters, bore down from the north-west.
But the wind screeched and howled so madly that she scarce heard her own voice, and the man certainly failed to hear her, for he did not move.
She reached this place in safety, but no sooner had she seized fast hold of the slats of the big box in which the chickens were kept than the wind, as if enraged because the little girl dared to resist its power, suddenly redoubled its fury.
But as she was listening to the wind she began to listen to something else.
"It's th' wind. Sometimes it sounds like as if some one was lost on th' moor an' wailin'.
Hooja's men, working in relays, were com-mencing to show the effects of the strain under which they had been forced to work without food or water, and I think their weakening aided us almost as much as the slight freshening of the wind.
At last the wind rose to a fair gale, and we simply raced away from our pursuers as if they were standing still.
I have heard it said that as we keep our birthdays when we are alive, so the ghosts of dead people, who are not easy in their graves, keep the day they died upon.--How the wind roars!'
Do you suppose it was by accident, I forgot to wind up the church- clock?
The north and south winds met where the house stood, and made it the exact center of the cyclone.
'The wind was blowing on our left before, but now it is straight in my face.
It did not seem possible that such frail craft could survive such stress of wind and water.
They stood clasped thus in the blind night, bracing each other against the wind, cheek to cheek and lip to ear, in the manner of two hulks lashed stem to stern together.