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 Think of these styles like training wheels for heels. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 29 June 2021 Apple TV+ is about to take off the training wheels. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 17 June 2021 As for training wheels, they're intended for children ages 2 through 4, but if your little one needs them for longer, that's completely fine. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 June 2021 Think of them as stiletto training wheels after a year out of practice. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, 26 May 2021 Thus, the trend toward tours with established companies seems to be the travel training wheels needed during the transition back to the norm. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 The city’s decision about whether to keep JFK Drive car-free after the pandemic is proceeding as slowly and unevenly as a little kid learning how to ride a bike with training wheels on the 1½-mile stretch. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 May 2021 With the training wheels off and his leash elongated, Vassell will have plenty of opportunity over the final 12 games to miss shots, make mistakes and learn from it all. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Apr. 2021 This option, unlike the two in Browse, didn’t come with training wheels. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of training wheels

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Training wheels.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of training wheels

US : a small pair of extra wheels that are added to a child's bicycle so that the bicycle can be balanced more easily while the child is learning to ride it

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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