One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Prevent someone from carrying out a plan.
- ‘He said: ‘There has been a bit of needle between the tracks in the past and I would love to put a spoke in their wheel.’’
- ‘His position as deputy manager of a State tobacco company might have put a spoke in the judge's wheel, thwarting his plan to proceed in accordance with the law.’
- ‘‘Not only that they didn't help me, but put a spoke in my wheel,’ Riza says.’
- ‘And here's a comment from a LibDem voter: ‘I always thought he was a good MP but you have put a spoke in his wheel.’’
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