Definition of big wheel in English:

big wheel

noun

  • 1British A Ferris wheel.

    • ‘BBC GMR presenter Heather Stott has promised to tackle her fear of heights by riding on the big wheel in Manchester's Exchange Square, with listeners phoning in to sponsor her.’
    • ‘Free food and booze, fantastic views of all of London; Tower bridge, The Tate Modern, St Paul's Cathedral and the big wheel thing at Waterloo.’
    • ‘Does anybody else feel that the appropriate place for a big wheel is in a fairground rather than a modern shopping centre trying to improve its image?’
    • ‘Across the heaving waters, none of the sounds of Blackpool penetrate; but the long front, the tower and the big wheel are outlined against the darkness by a thousand lights.’
    • ‘But World Tourist Attractions boss Elliott Hall said the company had not been put off bringing a big wheel to York.’
    • ‘We really enjoyed a trip on the big wheel there, and I can strongly recommend the experience to your readers.’
    • ‘It would deal with the geese, offer a more intriguing tourist attraction than a big wheel and it might deter underage drinking in the skateboard park, too.’
    • ‘As planners prepare to decide on the future of a proposed big wheel for York, Stephen Lewis takes a spin on the Birmingham Eye.’
    • ‘A complete lack of foresight has resulted in WTA now shelving plans for their big wheel, at least for this year.’
    • ‘The man behind plans to bring a big wheel to a York riverside park said his company might take the idea elsewhere if it was rejected by councillors today.’
    • ‘They had a carousel, a big wheel, children's rides, a big TV screen showing national events, a youth swing band, a calypso and skiffle band, a brass band and a dance exhibition and classes to learn the jitterbug, jive and skiffle.’
    • ‘Or there was the year I arranged to meet friends at the big wheel only to discover there wasn't one.’
    • ‘… although Willow scared me more by insisting on going on the big wheel, I sat and watched her go on with Benj and Kira, it was scary seeing her so high up!’
    • ‘Mr Hall said he understood that shops in the vicinity of a big wheel erected for four months in Manchester by WTA had enjoyed a boost to trade, and were now pressing to get it back.’
    • ‘Mr Irvine says he got a letter from Leeds Council informing him of the German Market - but there was no mention of the big wheel, which is scheduled to run until December 21.’
    • ‘Hopes of bringing a big wheel to York this summer were today on a knife-edge as the man behind the venture admitted: ‘Time is running out.’’
    • ‘They whooped on the big wheel and crashed into each other on the dodgems.’
    • ‘Salesman Darren decided only the big wheel would do for the big question a month ago, when he bought the engagement ring.’
    • ‘The proposal to bring a big wheel to the city has generated a great deal of interest from residents and visitors, but it may be helpful to correct some misconceptions.’
    • ‘All the talk of a big wheel coming to York this summer reminds me of the time a young mum took her five-year-old son on the big wheel at the fairground.’
  • 2

    North American term for bigwig
    • ‘His father, Frank, Sr., was a big, confident man with an endless social life, a big wheel in local Republican politics.’
    • ‘And if you're smart enough to make sense of it all, and work out a strategy, you could become a very big wheel indeed.’
    • ‘Guerrerro is a politician - he's a big wheel in the Log Cabin Republicans - and talked like one, for good and for ill.’
    • ‘Adams is a big wheel in the parent group of Deloitte & Touche, heading up four areas of business with 3500 people reporting to him on an international basis.’

Pronunciation:

big wheel

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