end up

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end up (third-person singular simple present ends up, present participle ending up, simple past and past participle ended up)

  1. (idiomatic, transitive or intransitive) To conclude, turn out, sometimes unexpectedly; to end up with.
    That's just how things ended up happening.
  2. (idiomatic) To arrive at a destination, sometimes unexpectedly.
    I was going for a stroll, and ended up lost.
  3. (of a set of events) To eventually do
    We spent a long time looking for a cheaper deal, but we ended up buying from the first dealer we met.
  4. To lift or tilt, so as to set on end.
    to end up a hogshead

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