behind the wheel
- The definition of behind the wheel is an expression that means you are driving or in control of some kind of a vehicle, usually a car.
An example of behind the wheel is a person who is driving his car.
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behind the wheel
Variant of wheel
- a solid or partly solid disk, or a circular frame connected by spokes to a central hub, capable of turning on a central axis and used as to move vehicles or transmit power in machinery
- anything like a wheel in shape, movement, action, etc., as a fireworks device that revolves while burning
- a device or apparatus of which the principal element is a wheel or wheels; specif.,
- in the Middle Ages, an instrument of torture consisting of a circular frame on which the victim's limbs were painfully stretched
- a wheel with projecting handles for controlling the rudder of a ship
- paddle wheel, potter's wheel, spinning wheel, steering wheel, etc.
- any of various rotating disks used for gambling: a roulette wheel
- ☆ Informal a bicycle
- ☆ Slang an automobile
- the moving, propelling, or controlling forces or agencies: the wheels of progress
- a turning about; circular, rotating, or revolving movement; specif., a turning movement as of troops or ships in line, with one end of the line as the pivot; also, any pivoting movement like this, as of dancers
- ☆ Slang an important, influential, or authoritative personalso big wheel
- Archaic the refrain of a song
Origin: Middle English whele from Old English hweol, earlier hweogol from Indo-European an unverified form kwekwlo-, wheel (from source Glassical Greek kyklos, a circle) from base an unverified form kwel-, to turn, be around, dwell from source Glassical Greek telos, turning point, end, polos, axis, Classical Latin colere, to till, dwell, German hals, neck
- to move or roll along (something equipped with wheels): to wheel a baby buggy
- to transport in a wheeled vehicle
- to cause to turn, revolve, or rotate
- to furnish with a wheel or wheels
- to turn on or as on an axis; pivot, rotate, revolve, etc.
- to reverse one's course of action, movement, opinion, attitude, etc.: often with about
- to turn in a swooping, circular motion: said of birds
- to move or roll along on or as on wheels
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