Origin of fifth wheel
Words nearby fifth wheel
How to use fifth wheel in a sentence
But on Thursday Boxer triggered a Golden State political earthquake, announcing that she would not seek a fifth term in 2016.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They were racing toward the corner of Tompkins and Myrtle avenues with Johnson at the wheel when another call came over the radio.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He branded it a fifth-column invasion into popular culture, normalizing radical, even communist ambitions.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.|Ana Marie Cox|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Insult to injury, its $43 million gross was less than one-fifth of what Ted took in.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As late as the fifth century, powerful aristocratic women took charge of the commemoration of the dead in Rome.First Anglican Woman Bishop A Return to Christian Roots|Candida Moss|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These Rules (leaving out the Tenor) serves for five bells; and leaving out the fifth and Tenor, they serve for four bells.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
After about the forty-fifth year it becomes gradually less; after seventy-five years it is about one-half the amount given.
Never again would he sit behind that wheel rejoicing in the insolence of speed.
He deposited it on the vacant seat, clambered up behind the wheel, and started.
Ordinarily the diazo appears a little earlier than the Widal reaction—about the fourth or fifth day—but it may be delayed.
British Dictionary definitions for fifth wheel
- the coupling table of an articulated vehicle
- a steering bearing that enables the front axle of a horse-drawn vehicle to rotate relative to the body
Cultural definitions for fifth wheel
A hanger-on; a person who serves no function: “The vice president felt like a fifth wheel after his exclusion from the committee.”
Other Idioms and Phrases with fifth wheel
An extra and unnecessary person or thing, as in He was the only one without a date, so he felt like a fifth wheel. This expression, which alludes to an unneeded wheel on a four-wheel vehicle, may have originated as long ago as 1631, when Thomas Dekker wrote Match Me in London: “Thou tiest but wings to a swift gray Hounds heel, And addest to a running Chariot a fifth wheel.”