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Charles Merchant, the son of rich John Merchant, was behind the wheel.

He gave the wheel a reckless twist, and Le Moyne called him to time sternly.

One wheel struck a cobble stone, and the buggy lurched horribly.

By like cause turning the wheel to the left turns the machine to the left.

All this time I kept shouting to the man at the wheel to put his helm "hard down."

We will say that a wheel came off the cart, and it suddenly fell down.

Mary went swiftly up to the wagon, and laid one hand upon the wheel.

Let me call for your chair; let me wheel you—I am sure I can.

The crowd are yet at the bottom of the wheel; better off, you say.

This to the man at the wheel; then to Kirkwood: "Wot's that, me lud?"

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hweol, hweogol, from Proto-Germanic *khwekhwlan, *khwegwlan (cf. Old Norse hvel, Old Swedish hiughl, Old Frisian hwel, Middle Dutch weel), from PIE *k(w)e-k(w)lo- "wheel, circle" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kolo "wheel"), a reduplicated form from root *k(w)el- "to go round" (see cycle (n.)).

Figurative sense is early 14c. Slang wheels "a car" is recorded from 1959. Wheeler-dealer is from 1954, a rhyming elaboration of dealer; wheelie is from 1966.

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