wind down (sth) or wind (sth) down
(if a business or organization winds down, or if someone winds it down, the amount of work it does is gradually reduced until it closes completely)We had to wind down our Manchester office.
Tell against sb/sth British & Australian, formal
(to make someone or something more likely to fail)It's a reputation that might tell against him if he ever decides to change jobs.
(to gradually relax after doing something that has made you feel tired or worried)I like to wind down with a cup of tea and a hot bath when I get home from work.(if a machine [esp. clock, watch] winds down, it goes slower and slower until it stopscompletely)My watch had wound down so I didn't know what time it was.
Wind on sth or wind sth on British & Australian
(to make the film in a camera move on to the next picture, or to make something thatsounds or pictures are recorded onto [e.g. cassette, video] move forward to a later place)Wind the tape on to the song I like.
Tell sb/sth apart
(to be able to see the differences between two similar things or people and judge which iswhich)When they were small, the twins looked so alike that I just couldn't tell them apart.It's impossible to tell a forged £10 note apart from a real one. [sometimes + from]
Wind up slightly informal
(to finally be in a particular place, state, or situation, especially without having plannedit )If he carries on like this he's going to wind up in prison.He'll wind up bankrupt if he's not careful.
Tell sth/sb from sth/sb
(if you can tell one person or thing from a similar person or thing, you are able to saywhich of them is which because you can see the differences between them)The two brothers looked so similar, I couldn't tell one from the other.I've always had a problem with telling my left from my right.
Wind up doing sth slightly informal
(to finally do something, especially without having planned to)I wound up having to start the course from the beginning again.
Wind up (sth) or wind (sth) up
(to finish an activity)TSH Knowledge Inn1