- a circular frame with an axle connecting to the rudder of a ship, for steering: He took the wheel during the storm.
- a paddle wheel.
- a propeller.
- moving, propelling, or animating agencies: the wheels of commerce; the wheels of thought.
- Slang. a personal means of transportation, especially a car.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for wheel
- at the helm of a ship, the steering wheel of a motor vehicle, etc.
- in command or control: Her ambition is to be at the wheel of a large corporation by the age of 40.
Origin of wheel
OTHER WORDS FROM wheelwheel·less, adjectiveun·der·wheel, nounun·wheel, verb (used with object)
Words nearby wheel
British Dictionary definitions for spin one's wheels
- driving or steering a vehicle or vessel
- in charge
Derived forms of wheelwheel-less, adjective
Word Origin for wheel
Idioms and Phrases with spin one's wheels (1 of 2)
Expend effort with no result, as in We're just spinning our wheels here while management tries to make up its mind. This idiom, with its image of a vehicle in snow or sand that spins its wheels but cannot move, dates from the mid-1900s.
Idioms and Phrases with spin one's wheels (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with wheel
- wheel and deal
- wheels in motion
- wheels within wheels
- 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