wheels come/fall off

Definition of wheels come/fall off

informal

  1. —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

wheelplay 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

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

    :  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

    :  to change direction as if revolving on a pivot

    :  to move or extend in a circle or curve

comeplay
  1. :  to move toward something :  approach

    :  to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose

    :  to reach a particular station in a series

fallplay
  1. :  to descend freely by the force of gravity

    :  to hang freely

    :  to drop oneself to a lower position

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

    :  a falling out, off, or away :  dropping

    :  the season when leaves fall from trees :  autumn

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

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

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

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official


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