big wheel

noun

plural big wheels
1
chiefly US, informal : an important person : bigwig, big shot
He … followed the girl to the elevator, and got in with her as if she were a big wheel in Bronx politics.Wilfrid Sheed
2
British : ferris wheel
The wheel formation is the basis of most rides, and the Big Wheel itself is not a new machine.Ian Starsmore
They ate toffee apples and sweet popcorn, shot at targets, tossed rings and rode on the big wheel.Paulo Lins

Examples of big wheel in a Sentence

He's a big wheel in local politics. rose in the ranks to become a big wheel on Wall Street
Recent Examples on the Web Wheel of Fortune was created back in 1975 by Merv Griffin, and the game has contestants attempting to solve hangman-style puzzles while spinning a big wheel and winning money. See Seacrest’s full statement below. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 27 June 2023 Sajak will not be its hub forever, but the whole point of the big wheel is to spin and spin and spin while staying in place. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 13 June 2023 In a visual medium such as film or television, the writer is often viewed as an invisible spoke in a very big wheel. Stacy Perman, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2023 Special operations crews from the Phoenix Fire Department used a big wheel operation Saturday night to assist a 30-year-old woman off of the Dobbins Lookout on South Mountain. Jeremy Yurow, The Arizona Republic, 18 Sep. 2022 By January 2023, the big wheels were turnin’ to get proud Mary’s burnin’ — again — in Dallas. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 1 June 2022 By defeating the resolution the Board endorsed earlier votes by the Recreation and Parks Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission to allow the big wheel to keep on spinning until March 1, 2025, at a cost of $18 per ride for adults and $12 per ride for seniors and citizens. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2021 The festive favorite, which began in 2005, brings in huge crowds every year thanks to its 200-plus rides, including a 70-meter high big wheel, mulled wine stations and an outdoor skating rink, which happens to be the largest in the UK. Tamara Hardingham-Gill, CNN, 30 Nov. 2021 Dave Boy screaming his big wheel down the giant hill on 102nd Street. Mitchell S. Jackson, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of big wheel was in 1893

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“Big wheel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20wheel. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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