wheel

[ hweel, weel ]
/ ʰwil, wil /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. wheatstone bridge,
  2. wheatstone, sir charles,
  3. wheatworm,
  4. whee,
  5. wheedle,
  6. wheel and axle,
  7. wheel and deal,
  8. wheel animalcule,
  9. wheel back,
  10. wheel blacks

Idioms

Origin of wheel

before 900; (noun) Middle English whel(e), Old English hwēol, hweohl; cognate with Dutch wiel, Old Norse hjōl; akin to Greek kýklos (see cycle); (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun

Related formswheel·less, adjectiveun·der·wheel, nounun·wheel, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for at the wheel

wheel

/ (wiːl) /

noun

verb

See also wheels

Derived Formswheel-less, adjective

Word Origin for wheel

Old English hweol, hweowol; related to Old Norse hvēl, Greek kuklos, Middle Low German wēl, Dutch wiel

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Word Origin and History for at the wheel
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Idioms and Phrases with at the wheel

at the wheel

In command, in control. For example, Ann hated being told what to do; she wanted to be at the wheel by herself. The analogy here is to the steering wheel of an automobile or other vehicle, or the helm of a vessel. For a synonym, see at the helm.

wheel

In addition to the idioms beginning with wheel

  • wheel and deal
  • wheels in motion
  • wheels within wheels

also see:

  • asleep at the switch (wheel)
  • at the wheel
  • big cheese (wheel)
  • cog in the wheel
  • fifth wheel
  • grease (oil) the wheels
  • hell on wheels
  • put one's shoulder to the wheel
  • reinvent the wheel
  • set (wheels) in motion
  • spin one's wheels
  • squeaky wheel gets the grease
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