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1. To wrap something, such as a gift. Don't forget to wrap up Dan's present before you go to the party.
2. To complete something, such as a task; to put the finishing touches on something. You go on ahead, I just need to wrap up some work before I head home. OK, everyone, let's wrap it up for tonight.
wrap (one) up in cotton wool
To be overprotective of one; to coddle one. You need to let the little lad play in the dirt once in a while. If you keep wrapping him up in cotton wool, he'll grow up too soft.
wrap (oneself) in the flag
To use one's supposed patriotism as a justification for one's words or actions. He has refused to respond to the valid criticisms of this war. Instead he just warps himself in the flag and talks about "security."
wrap it up
1. To get to the point of what one is saying. Often used as an imperative. Wrap it up, Bob, you've been talking for nearly half an hour already. We're running short on time, so I'm afraid we'll have to start wrapping it up.
2. To stop making noise; stop talking. Often used as an imperative. OK, you two in the back, wrap it up! I'd like to finish my lesson without you distracting me.
3. slang To put on a condom before sexual intercourse. You're putting yourself at risk if you don't wrap it up every time.
1. To fold, coil, or bend completely around someone or something. The car actually wrapped around the light post as it crashed into it. The snake wrapped around my arm in a very disconcerting way.
2. To fold, coil, or bend something completely around someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "wrap" and "around." Here, wrap this cable around the tree over there. I just wanted to wrap my arms around my two kids and hold onto them forever on the first morning they both left for school.
wrap (someone or something) in (something)
To enfold, envelop, or enclose someone or something in some material. Often used in passive constructions. Wrap the kids in towels so they don't get too cold coming out of the water. The chicken breast is stuffed with cheese and then wrapped in pancetta. Be sure to wrap everything in bubble wrap, or things could break while they're being shipped.
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wrap around someone or something
to enclose or fold about someone or something. The snake wrapped around the helpless man and it was soon all over. The flames wrapped around the barn and swallowed it up.
wrap someone or something around something
to bend or coil someone or something around something. I'll wrap you around that lamppost unless you cooperate! Don wrapped the rope around the tree and tied it tight.
wrap something around someone
to fold or drape something onto someone. He wrapped a towel around himself and went to answer the telephone. She wrapped a blanket around her little boy to keep him warm.
wrap something up
to complete work on something; to bring something to an end. I will wrap the job up this morning. I'll call you when I finish. I can wrap up this little project in a week.
1. Bring to a conclusion, settle successfully, as in As soon as we wrap up this deal, we can go on vacation. [First half of 1900s]
2. Summarize, recapitulate, as in To wrap up, the professor went over the three main categories. [First half of the 1900s]
wrap it upbe quiet. British informal
1. To clasp, fold, or coil something about someone or something: She wrapped her arms around his neck and hugged him.
2. To coil or twist about something or someone: The flag wrapped around the pole.
3. To continue automatically to be entered on a new line of text if there is too much text to fit on one line. Used of word-processing texts: The input to early computer text editors did not wrap around, so you had to hit a carriage return at the end of every line.
1. To cover, envelop, or encase something or someone, as by folding or coiling about: I wrapped the baby up in a blanket. The nurse wrapped up my ankle with a bandage.
2. To enclose something, especially in paper, and fasten it: We wrapped the birthday presents up. I wrapped up the sandwich and took it with me.
3. To put warm clothing on someone: My mother wrapped me up in a parka and snow pants. The nanny wrapped up the children and sent them to the park.
4. To bring something to a conclusion; settle something finally or successfully: The two executives met and wrapped up the deal. Let's wrap this meeting up before dinner.
5. To summarize something; recapitulate something: He wrapped the proposal up in the final paragraph. That statement wraps up our sentiments.
6. To come to a conclusion; finish: As soon as this project wraps up, I'm going on vacation.
7. wrap up in To immerse or absorb someone completely in something. Used chiefly in the passive: I tried to talk to her after the meeting, but she was wrapped up in a conversation.
8. wrap up in To involve someone in something. Used chiefly in the passive: We were shocked when we learned that our neighbors were wrapped up in criminal activities.
9. Sports To pin or tackle someone or something: The wrestler wrapped his opponent up. The lineman wrapped up the punter for a 15-yard loss.