Friday, October 5, 2012

Wound up

If someone is 'wound up,' it means they have lots of pent up energy that they need to get out, by running or playing. Kids are often described in this way.

This expression uses the imagery of a music box. You turn it over, wind it up, and let go. Then the music plays fast until it finally stops and you have to wind it up again.

-Oh, my goodness! The kids are so wound up today!
-Yeah, they need to go outside and play.

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