One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A bicycle with wheels that are able to revolve freely when no power is being applied to the pedals.‘you can flip the rear wheel around and turn it into a single-speed freewheeler’
- ‘While skilled riders might be able to stop a fixed gear bike on dry pavement as quickly as a freewheeler can, not all riders have the experience to do so in an emergency.’
- ‘Have you bought a bike and what's it like? A freewheeler or what?’
- ‘Most of the scenes have Bacon riding a fixed gear bike, but some have him on a freewheeler.’
- ‘Her small old-fashioned English woman's bike was not a freewheeler.’
2A person who is not concerned with rules, conventions, or the consequences of their actions.‘he's kind of a freewheeler, and always was’
- ‘She had been a freewheeler from the age of eighteen, but she had always known that she hankered for security.’
- ‘Johnny began as a slightly offbeat freewheeler, with a habit of tossing silver dollars around as tips.’
- ‘She is a freewheeler and likes to have many males to court her and vie for her attention.’
- ‘The new Nationalist MPs were independent spirits and social freewheelers, and life became one long party.’
- ‘At times he still sounds as fresh as the freewheeler of 1962, or the young rebel who plugged in that electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival.’
- ‘But will freewheelers sucn as Messier, Fleury and Nedved play within this system?’
- ‘He was in his element as a freewheeler, alternating between being benevolent and being boss.’
- ‘Lolle was a freewheeler, without a family to temper her freedom.’
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