Talk:get the wind up

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"the wind up"[edit]

Needs cleanup, if it passes CFI. Dmcdevit·t 09:30, 4 May 2007 (UTC)

  • And no quote marks. —Stephen 15:58, 4 May 2007 (UTC)
  • put the wind up and get the wind up could conceivably be redirects to the wind up meaning "an anxious feeling about one's situation". It is a common UK expression. SemperBlotto 16:08, 4 May 2007 (UTC) (I wonder if it is Scottish - the anxiety of a "traditional" kilt wearer in windy weather)
  • Perhaps while we're looking at this, we could also consider windup, wind-up and wind up, which were posted to RFC quite some time ago. I have no idea what to do with all of it, but perhaps someone else will. Atelaes 16:29, 4 May 2007 (UTC)
  • put the wind up has been listed by other dictionaries for at least 40 years. It is listed on page 743 of The Kenkyusha Dictionary of Current English Idioms, published in 1964, and on page 422 of The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms, ↑ISBN. Uncle G 13:21, 6 May 2007 (UTC)
    • Yes, please enter those three British forms...I still don't quite get how it means "anxious." Any etymology for it? --Connel MacKenzie 06:30, 10 May 2007 (UTC)
      • It's soldiers' slang, from World War I. (
        1931 March 13, Eric Partridge, “Byways of Soldiers' Slang”, in Conal O'Riordan, editor, Martial Medley: Fact and Fiction, Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, ↑ISBN, page 129:
        ) "windy" meant "habitually frightened". From it first came "have the wind up" and "get the wind up", i.e be or become frightened or anxious, and thence "put the wind up", i.e. to cause someone to be or become frightened or anxious. Uncle G 14:48, 14 May 2007 (UTC)

RFV passed, since according to the above comments, it's clearly in widespread U.K. use; moving to RFC.RuakhTALK 17:43, 19 July 2007 (UTC)