wheel·​ing | \ ˈhwē-liŋ How to pronounce wheeling (audio) , ˈwē-\

Definition of wheeling

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or process of one that wheels
2 : the condition of a road relative to passage on wheels


geographical name
Whee·​ling | \ ˈhwē-liŋ How to pronounce Wheeling (audio) , ˈwē-\

Definition of Wheeling (Entry 2 of 2)

1 village in northeastern Illinois north-northeast of Chicago population 37,648
2 city on the Ohio River in northern West Virginia population 28,486

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During the intense wheeling and dealing before the 2 p.m. close of business in the Mountain Time zone, Houston landed another staff ace in Zack Greinke. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: The Rockies are a nothing burger. And at trade deadline, all GM Jeff Bridich did was pass the ketchup.," 31 July 2019 And just think, Ballmer could have been doing this wheeling and dealing in Seattle. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s why Hall of Famer Nate Archibald has a new lease on life," 27 July 2019 That appears to reflect Trump’s sincere misapprehensions about trade deficits, but also his preference for wheeling and dealing over systematic policymaking. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Elizabeth Warren’s vision for changing America’s trade policy, explained," 29 July 2019 The All-Star Game, in stark contrast to last year’s free-wheeling, high-scoring tie, was cleaner and dominated by the pitching with the West winning 7-3. Chadd Cady, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prep all-stars keep it neat at Petco Park," 5 June 2019 An earlier Thai constitution sought to discourage coalition governments to prevent wheeling and dealing in which parties sold their loyalty for Cabinet posts, which perpetuated a political spoils system. Jerry Harmer, The Seattle Times, "Candidates register for 1st Thai general election since coup," 4 Feb. 2019 The multifunctional item can also be turned into wheeling luggage, perfect for sleepovers, trips to the park, or traveling. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Backpack Doubles As A Scooter, And Any Kid Would Be OBSESSED," 25 Jan. 2019 Photos: Associated Press; Zuma Press There is another big difference between the two sports: The NBA is built to make the wheeling and dealing of soccer look boring. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The NBA Is Turning Into European Soccer," 2 Oct. 2018 In dealings with Putin, Cohen also played a fixer role, wheeling and dealing with the office of Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesperson, about a potential Trump Tower Moscow. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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