wheels come/fall off

Definition of wheels come/fall off

informal
used to say that someone or something fails in a sudden or unexpected way
  • The pitcher was doing well for the first four innings, then the wheels fell off in the fifth.

Word by Word Definitions

wheel play wheels
  1. : a circular frame of hard material that may be solid, partly solid, or spoked and that is capable of turning on an axle

  2. : a contrivance or apparatus having as its principal part a wheel: such as

  3. : a chiefly medieval instrument of torture designed for mutilating a victim (as by stretching or disjointing)

  1. : to turn on or as if on an axis : revolve

  2. : to change direction as if revolving on a pivot

  3. : to move or extend in a circle or curve

fall play
  1. : to descend freely by the force of gravity

  2. : to hang freely

  3. : to drop oneself to a lower position

  1. : the act of falling by the force of gravity

  2. : a falling out, off, or away : dropping

  3. : the season when leaves fall from trees : autumn

  1. : of, relating to, or suitable for autumn

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest


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