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    #1

    check this sentence please :)

    Hi

    What does this sentence mean?


    wind up my watch

    I know that wind up means end up but in this sentence it really confuses me

    many thanks

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    Re: check this sentence please :)

    Quote Originally Posted by beast View Post
    Hi

    What does this sentence mean?


    wind up my watch

    I know that wind up means end up but in this sentence it really confuses me

    many thanks
    In the days before battery-operated/digital watches, they used to run mechanically. There was a small knob on the side of the watch which we had to pull out and then turn a few times to make the watch continue to work. If you didn't do it often enough, the watch would stop. If that happened, you had to reset the hands using a different knob, and then follow the procedure I explained before.

    The process of turning that knob several times is "to wind up a watch".

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    #3

    Re: check this sentence please :)

    Interesting

    so when i wind up a watch i start it and when i wind up a project i finish it


    Thank you so much

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    Re: check this sentence please :)

    Quote Originally Posted by beast View Post
    Interesting

    So when I wind up a watch I start it and when I wind up a project I finish it.


    Thank you so much.
    Ha ha!! Yes, I suppose you're right, although you can wind up a watch before it has stopped so you're not necessarily starting it, you're just making sure it doesn't stop!

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