training wheels

plural noun

Definition of training wheels

: a pair of small wheels connected to the rear axle of a bicycle to help a beginning bicyclist maintain balance

Examples of training wheels in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The training wheels are off, and the great adventure has begun. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Aug. 2022 No matter the venture, the experience of other people creates training wheels for those less experienced. Anna Lee Beyer, Outside Online, 3 Dec. 2021 Some of us were riding bicycles with training wheels at the age of five while others were learning how to throw down in the kitchen. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 29 June 2022 New joke nights are like training wheels, Kosta says, and his show emphasizes the process to audiences, urging them to be understanding and lower their expectations. Stuart Miller, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 Aside from the training wheels, everything on that purple Schwinn had been invented by the end of the eighteen-eighties: two wheels of about the same size, pneumatic tires, and pedals that drive the rear wheel by way of a chain and sprockets. The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 Stylish pedalers will be happy to zoom around the block in Tokyobike’s pint-sized bicycle (grown-ups can match with their own set of wheels, too), which comes with removable training wheels and is available in other chic colorways. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2022 Meet the experts: The copper trend lets some live on the wilder side, taking chances with shades of orange, while still allowing the more timid to keep their training wheels on with more auburn tones. Amina Ayoud, Allure, 23 Mar. 2022 Meal-kit delivery services may also have contributed to their own obsolescence, providing the training wheels for far more people learning how to cook during the pandemic, some experts say. Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of training wheels

1950, in the meaning defined above

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training wheels

noun plural

Kids Definition of training wheels

: a pair of small wheels connected to the rear axle of a bicycle to help a beginning rider keep balance


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