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[hweel-muh n, weel-] /ˈʰwil mən, ˈwil-/
noun, plural wheelmen.
Also, wheelsman
[hweelz-muh n, weel-] /ˈʰwilz mən, ˈwil-/ (Show IPA)
. a helmsman or steersman.
a rider of a bicycle, tricycle, or the like.
  1. a driver, especially a chauffeur:
    The mobster's wheelman was also his bodyguard.
  2. a person who drives the getaway car in a holdup or robbery.
Origin of wheelman
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65; wheel + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I directed the wheel man to port the helm, so as to throw the Sylvania up into the wind under the stern of the pilot-boat.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for wheel man

wheel man

a cyclist
(US) Also called wheelsman. a helmsman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for wheel man

wheel man

noun phrase

The driver of a car used in a robbery orothercriminalendeavor: Like, I'm a pretty good wheel man, you know what I mean? (1930s+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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