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wheelman

[ hweel-muhn, weel- ]
/ ˈʰwil mən, ˈwil- /
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noun, plural wheel·men.

Also wheels·man [hweelz-muhn, weel-]. /ˈʰwilz mən, ˈwil-/. a helmsman or steersman.
a rider of a bicycle, tricycle, or the like.
Slang.
  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.

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Origin of wheelman

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; wheel + -man
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British Dictionary definitions for wheelman

wheel man

noun

a cyclist
Also called: wheelsman US a helmsman
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