free-wheeling

[ free-hwee-ling, -wee- ]SEE DEFINITION OF free-wheeling
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The conversation was free-wheeling and we got onto all sorts of topics.

A minute later she was free-wheeling down the hill that led through the village in the direction of Petteridge Court.

There was an exaltation in free-wheeling down the hills, flying through the air like birds.

You're the first full-fledged, wide-open, free-wheeling psi-high that's ever appeared in human history.

Once more he had the sensation of coasting or free-wheeling down a pleasant hill of perfect companionship.

You're a free-wheeling, wide-swinging, hard-hitting, independent entity—monarch of all you survey—captain of your soul and so on.

Consequently, much higher speeds are attained on the level, and free-wheeling down hill is much faster.

For the first time in his life he pedalled instead of free-wheeling the conclusion of the ride.

WORD ORIGIN

1903, from free wheel (1899, see free (adj.) + wheel); a bicycle wheel that turns even when not being pedaled, later from the name of a kind of automobile drive system that allowed cars to coast without being slowed by the engine. Figurative sense is from 1911.

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