wind off(redirected from winding something off)
1. To uncoil, unwind, or unreel something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wind" and "off." We began winding off about 10 feet of cable. Don't wind the rope off until I give you the signal.
2. To provide someone with a length or amount of something by unwinding or unreeling it. A noun or pronoun is used between "wind" and "off." Wind me off a couple of feet of that twine, David.
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wind something off
to unreel or unwind something. He wound the rope off, little by little, until he had as much as he needed. Karen wound off as much as she needed.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.