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wind up

noun A popular term for the deliberate antagonism, annoyance, nettling or irritation of Person B by Person A for A’s amusement. Often playful, a wind-up can be or become malicious.

verb A popular term meaning to annoy, nettle or irritate someone for the thrill of seeing them upset; though often playful, winding a person up can be or become malicious.
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FAMILY TRADITION Lew's dad James Bell Parker who was the winder before Lew NO MORE WIND UPS Lew Parker who is retiring from winding the St Cuthbert's Church clock at Shotley Bridge after 30 years
And a London station were blasted for trying to wind up the Radio Authority itself by getting one of its workers to say on air which swear words were banned.
Like any group of friends sharing living space, there were jokes, wind ups, bickerings and full on rows.