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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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If the wind held as it was, the chances would be in her favour.
The pilot put up his poles, but took them down again within two hours, as the wind freshened up anew.
It was very dark, and the wind howled horribly around her, but Dorothy found she was riding quite easily.
Hour after hour passed away, and slowly Dorothy got over her fright; but she felt quite lonely, and the wind shrieked so loudly all about her that she nearly became deaf.
Three days they had to wait before the West wind came.
So all that morning Jip stood in the front part of the ship, sniffing the wind and pointing the way for the Doctor to steer; while all the animals and the little boy stood round with their eyes wide open, watching the dog in wonder.
So she wasn't easily frightened, whatever happened, and when the wind began to howl and whistle, and the waves began to tumble and toss, our little girl didn't mind the uproar the least bit.
Indeed, the little girl found it was as much as she could do to mount the stairs to the deck, and as soon as she got there the wind struck her so fiercely that it almost tore away the skirts of her dress.
Listen to th' wind wutherin' round the house," she said.
But Juag only seized his paddle more tightly--the paddle that answered the purpose of rudder, and com-menced to assist the wind by vigorous strokes.
Very good, sir,' said Mr Willet, perfectly unmoved; 'then if that was the wind just now, and you'll wait a little time without speaking, you'll hear it say both words very plain.
There is infinite variety in the gales of wind at sea, and except for the peculiar, terrible, and mysterious moaning that may be heard sometimes passing through the roar of a hurricane - except for that unforgettable sound, as if the soul of the universe had been goaded into a mournful groan - it is, after all, the human voice that stamps the mark of human consciousness upon the character of a gale.
On turning they faced directly against the wind, and snow was beginning to fall.
The whispers of wind became puffs, the sails filled, the Ghost moved.
Captain MacWhirr had never turned his face, but Jukes caught some more words on the wind.