wheels within wheels

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of wheels within wheels

: a situation that is complex and difficult to deal with because it involves many different things
  • The problem seems simple at first, but there are wheels within wheels.

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


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