at the wheel


: while driving
She fell asleep at the wheel.

Examples of at the wheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Biden also helped mightily with the best ad from his 2020 presidential campaign, featuring him at the wheel of his 1967 Corvette Stingray. Bill McKibben, The New York Review of Books, 14 Sep. 2023 Neurotech companies like SmartCap are already marketing technology to detect drivers who may be drowsy and prevent them from falling asleep at the wheel. Time, 26 June 2023 The backstory that brought Enzo to the crossroads depicted here is economically sketched, starting with black-and-white mock-newsreel footage of him in his goggles at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo, looking maniacally intent on winning a race in the 1920s. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Aug. 2023 Sleeping at the wheel: Lakeland Boulevard Police on July 23 responded to a report that a man was sleeping behind the wheel of a vehicle. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 27 July 2023 While all this is engrossing, Ferrari fundamentally is about the big race, where Mann’s virtuoso technique kicks in and cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt’s cameras put us at the wheel or in the path of the speeding roadsters to thrilling effect. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Aug. 2023 Garbers will get his turn at the wheel, along with two teammates who will undoubtedly want to steer things in their own direction. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2023 None of which bothered the person fortunate enough to be at the wheel. Kevin Smith, Car and Driver, 24 June 2023 Kiarostami followed Life with Through the Olive Trees, where driving is also a major part of the narrative, and then made his masterly Palme d’Or winner Taste of Cherry, where the main character is at the wheel for nearly the entire film. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Aug. 2023 See More

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“At the wheel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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