unwind early 14c., "to undo" (a bandage, wrapping, etc.), from UN- (Cf. un-) (2) + WIND (Cf. wind) (v.). Cf. O.E. unwindan, Du. ontwinden, O.H.G. intwindan. Refl. sense is recorded from 1740; figurative sense of "to release oneself from tensions, to relax" is recorded from 1938.

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