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Would you help to me to make the proper choice of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
Next day, while he was at his office winding up its last tattered affairs, I telephoned Mrs. Skelton.
The Bosphorus, once thronged with the world's shipping, is now all but deserted; the offices of foreign business houses are winding up their affairs; the banks will loan money only at the most exorbitant rates.
wind up = to come or bring to a finish, or
wind up = to put in order; settle
tattered = ruined or disrupted or
tattered = neglected, untended
Thanks for your efforts.
Yes, though I would imagine tattered is ruined/disrupted here, and in the first the winding -up sounds like insolvency.