*wind (someone) up*

wind (someone) up

Definition: (informal) to deliberately tell someone something which is not true in order to make a joke or in order to annoy the person.

(This phrasal verb has more than one meaning)

E.g.1: Fred: Bill told me that he learned English in 5 days!
Sue: He was winding you up!
E.g.2: They sometimes wound their teacher up by pretending they didn’t know the answers.

This phrasal verb can be separated. (E.g. 1 and 2)

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