Definition of at the wheel
- She fell asleep at the wheel.
: a circular frame of hard material that may be solid, partly solid, or spoked and that is capable of turning on an axle
: a contrivance or apparatus having as its principal part a wheel: such as
: a chiefly medieval instrument of torture designed for mutilating a victim (as by stretching or disjointing)
: to turn on or as if on an axis : revolve
: to change direction as if revolving on a pivot
: to move or extend in a circle or curve
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