wheel·​man | \ ˈ(h)wēl-mən How to pronounce wheelman (audio) \

Definition of wheelman

1a : helmsman
b : the driver of an automobile
2 : cyclist

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Synonyms & Antonyms for wheelman



  • nondriver
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Examples of wheelman in a Sentence

we'll need someone to be our wheelman for the heist
Recent Examples on the Web The wheelman qualified for the Nascar Playoffs with a 14.4 average finish, but failed to win a race. Joseph Wolkin, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021 In The Italian Job, Statham plays Handsome Rob, the ladies man and wheelman of the crew. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, 4 Aug. 2019 There were many doubts about his ability to win after the move to Ganassi, but this performance on one of the most difficult tracks on the circuit should leave no doubt as to his abilities as a wheelman. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, 13 July 2019 Three days before Howze was to be sentenced, federal prosecutors accused him of orchestrating five new bank robberies from December to May, acting as the wheelman while a female acquaintance went into each establishment and demanded cash. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, 7 June 2019 Bowyer is a veteran wheelman who for the past year has been driving for a top team in Stewart-Haas Racing under the tutelage of a solid crew chief in Mike Bugarewicz. George Diaz, OrlandoSentinel.com, 27 Mar. 2018 There may be no better wheelman for the I.D. R than Romain Dumas, a current Porsche factory driver, winner of the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Audi R15, and a three-time Pikes Peak champion who holds the second-fastest time up the mountain. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 19 Mar. 2018 While cops arrive to arrest them, the wheelman is to take the money to a drop location nearby. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Sep. 2017 Stenhouse was in position to win Sunday in the closing laps but faced considerable opposition — notably from one of the sport’s best wheelmen, Kyle Busch — in the dangerous Talladega draft. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of wheelman

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of wheelman was in 1865

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“Wheelman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelman. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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