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a) to relax
unwind = sich entspannen
unwind = abrollen, abwickeln
unwind: approximately 6,500,000 Google hits
Golf professional Padraig Harrington has revealed he has his own life-size amusement arcade at his Dublin home. He says he finds it a great way to UNWIND after golf.
(The Sunday Mirror)
"President Bush says he needs a month off to UNWIND. Unwind? When the hell does this guy wind?"
- David Letterman, American late night talk show host
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- to relax and allow your mind to be free from worry after a period of work or some other activity that has made you worried
(Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
- to straighten out something that is twisted or tangled (unwind a ball of yarn)
Everyone has their own special way to unwind. Late in life, former Russian president Boris Yeltsin devised a curious method, which could be described as high-speed, stress-free entertainment: "I especially love driving down a hill directly at a tree and swerving to one side at the last moment," he explained. "That's my way to unwind."
Yeltsin was referring to driving a golf buggy.
And according to film scholar Dan Auiler, legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock took a less dangerous approach. After a hard day at the studio, he liked to eat dinner on a tray in front of the television while watching Lassie.
chill out, hang loose, loosen up, put your feet up, relax, take it easy
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