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big wheel
▪ A big wheel in local government.
▪ He was a big wheel in Bucharest Securitate, Mr Manescu.
▪ The big wheel came round our way.
▪ The big wheel had stopped with our chair rocking sweetly at the summit.
big wheel

n. 1 (context idiomatic English) A person with a great deal of power or influence, especially a high-ranking person in an organization. 2 (UK) Ferris wheel

big wheel

n. an important influential person; "he thinks he's a big shot"; "she's a big deal in local politics"; "the Qaeda commander is a very big fish" [syn: big shot, big gun, big cheese, big deal, big enchilada, big fish, head honcho]

Big Wheel (comics)

Big Wheel is a Marvel Comics supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Big wheel

Big wheel may refer to:

  • Big wheel (tricycle), a low-riding tricycle, usually made of plastic, with an oversized front wheel.
  • Michigan logging wheels, also called Big wheels, large wagon wheels used in logging
  • A Ferris wheel, commonly called a "big wheel" in the United Kingdom
  • Ding Dong snack cakes, also marketed under the brand name "Big Wheel"
  • Fisher's Big Wheel, a defunct department store chain based in Pennsylvania
  • Big Six wheel, a game of chance often played in casinos
  • "Big Wheel", a nickname of baseball player Lance Parrish
Big Wheel (Icehouse album)

Big Wheel is a studio album by Australian rock synthpop band, Icehouse, which was released by dIVA Records - founder Iva Davies' own label - and Massive Records. It was recorded at Davies' home in Whale Beach during 1993 with Davies on vocals, guitar, bass guitar and keyboards, David Chapman on guitar, keyboards and backing vocals, and Paul Wheeler on drums, percussion and backing vocals. Big Wheel peaked at #46 and was their first studio album not to reach the Top Ten on the Australian album charts. The album was digitally remastered by Davies and Ryan Scott with five bonus tracks added for the 2002 re-release by Warner Music Australia.

Big Wheel (song)

"Big Wheel" is a song written and recorded by Tori Amos. It was chosen as the first single from her album American Doll Posse. However, multiple radio stations rejected "Big Wheel" because the acronym MILF is repeated in the bridge of the song. An edited version was played on some radio stations that eliminated the MILF acronym, changing it to "M-I-M-I".

Big Wheel (Aaron Pritchett album)

Big Wheel is the fourth studio album by Canadian country music singer Aaron Pritchett. It was released on April 18, 2006 by OPM Records. "Big Wheel," "Hold My Beer," "Warm Safe Place," "The Weight" and "Done You Wrong" were released as singles.

Big Wheel was nominated by the Canadian Country Music Association for Album of the Year in September 2006 and for a 2007 Juno Award.

Big wheel (tricycle)

A big wheel is a low-riding tricycle, usually made of plastic, with an oversized front wheel. Introduced by Louis Marx and Company in 1969 and manufactured in Girard, Pennsylvania, the big wheel was a very popular toy in the 1970s in the United States, partly because of its low cost and partly because consumer groups said it was a safer alternative to the traditional tricycle or bicycle. It was marketed primarily to boys between eight and ten years of age, and thus significantly bigger and older than with traditional tricycles.

The design was quickly imitated, under a variety of brand names. Although "Big Wheel" was a registered trademark, it was frequently used as a generic name for any toy whose design resembled that of Marx. Following the bankruptcy and liquidation of Marx Toys in the early 1980s, the Big Wheel brand name and molds were sold to Empire Plastics, makers of the Power Cycle brand, which was Marx's biggest competitor.

By the late 1990s, few manufacturers were making these toys. Empire filed for bankruptcy in 2001. The Big Wheel brand was reintroduced under new ownership in 2003. The big wheel was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York, in 2009.

Annual races are held for big wheel-style tricycles in some locations. One, the Bring Your Own Big Wheel (BYOBW) race, takes place on Easter Sunday in San Francisco. Another annual big wheel race is hosted by the Tulsa Big Wheel Racers LLC as a fundraiser for the Cancer Sucks cancer research center.

Usage examples of "big wheel".

Under the first Watchman's urgings they shuffled over to heave at the big wheel that raised the thick bar across the gates, then turned their efforts to cranking the gates open.

Loftis was rousted at a queer bar back in '44, pallin' with a lawyer named Charles Hartshorn, a big wheel downtown.

He gave it a couple of squirts, aiming it toward the big wheel in the distance.

A pink cloud streamed from the gaping hole in the shoulder and left a spiral trail as it spun toward the rotating lights of the big wheel.

Toward the back of the smithy, Altara and Quentel wrestled with the big wheel they were attempting to install as part of a makeshift hammer mill.