one of the round objects under a car, bicycle, bus, etc. that turns when it moves
He braked suddenly, causing the front wheels to skid.
One of the boys was pushing the other along in a little box on wheels .
the round object used to steer a car, etc. or ship
This is the first time I've sat behind the wheel since the accident.
A car swept past with Laura at the wheel .
Do you want to take the wheel (= drive) now?
At last he had his own wheels.
a flat round part in a machine
an organization or a system that seems to work like a complicated machine that is difficult to understand
the wheels of bureaucracy/commerce/government, etc.
It was Rob's idea. I merely set the wheels in motion (= started the process) .
having the number or type of wheels mentioned
a sixteen-wheeled lorry
a car, bicycle, etc. with the number of wheels mentioned
a situation which is difficult to understand because it involves complicated or secret processes and decisions
There are wheels within wheels in this organization─you never really know what is going on.
a person who is a small part of a large organization
to help sth to happen easily and without problems, especially in business or politics
to waste time creating sth that already exists and works well
to start working very hard at a particular task
to prevent sb from putting their plans into operation
move sth with wheels
to push or pull sth that has wheels
She wheeled her bicycle across the road.
to move sb/sth that is in or on sth that has wheels
The nurse wheeled him along the corridor.
move in circle
to move or fly in a circle
Birds wheeled above us in the sky.
to turn quickly or suddenly and face the opposite direction; to make sb/sth do this
She wheeled around and started running.
He wheeled his horse back to the gate.
usually used in the progressive tenses
to do a lot of complicated deals in business or politics, often in a dishonest way
to show or use sth to help you do sth, even when it has often been seen or heard before
They wheeled out the same old arguments we'd heard so many times before.