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    Hairdryer

    Which verb do you generally use to state that you are rolling a wire all around its hairdryer to put it away?
    Is it "to roll up"?
    And what's the opposite? Is it "to roll down"?

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    Re: Hairdryer

    I'd say "I'm rolling up the hairdryer" if I were wrapping the cord around the handle of the device. This is common usage.
    However, the opposite would be to unwind the cord.
    "I'm unwinding the hairdryer."

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    Re: Hairdryer

    Note that John corrected your use of "wire" to "cord."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Hairdryer

    For me "unwinding the hairdryer" sounds strange, mainly because it's not the actual hairdryer you're unwinding, it's the electric cord.

    I think I would say "I'm winding/unwinding the hairdryer cable/cord".

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    Re: Hairdryer

    I'd say flex rather than wire or cord.

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    Re: Hairdryer

    Really? The thing that connects the appliance to the electricity source, you call the "flex"? I keep learning new British English all the time!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: Hairdryer

    I use flex or cord. I would use cable and wire for computers.

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