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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. 2017.
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  • That is probably the explanation, the wheelman forgetting himself in looking ahead also.

  • The wheelman rang the speed-bell, and then spoke through the tube to the engineer.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • She thought probably a wheelman would like that sort of thing, for then he could stop and rest wherever it suited him.

    A Bicycle of Cathay Frank R. Stockton
  • He could see the chin and jaws of the wheelman and the beard of old Captain Newton.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • You have been appointed second mate of the steamer 'Richmond'; Jarvis, first wheelman.

  • "Make the course north north-east, Morris," he shouted to the wheelman.

    Asiatic Breezes Oliver Optic
  • Any active boy of ten years of age and upward may become a wheelman.

  • He passed old Aaron with no word, passed the wheelman, and faced his brother.

    All the Brothers Were Valiant Ben Ames Williams
  • Dory was wheelman, and a couple of men who worked on the place did duty as deck-hands.

    All Adrift Oliver Optic
  • Looking down at the wheelman, he saw that the boat was making a circle.

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