big wheel

noun
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of big wheel

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

  1. He's a big wheel in local politics.

  2. brags that her son is a big wheel on Wall Street

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First Known Use of big wheel

1893

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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Definition of big wheel for English Language Learners

  • : a powerful or important person



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