Definition of set the wheels in motion in US English:

set the wheels in motion

phrase

  • Do something to begin a process or put a plan into action.

    • ‘A few months ago more people showed an interest in getting the reunion of the ground and a small working committee was formed which went on to set the wheels in motion for last Friday's event.’
    • ‘Therefore if you are planning to plant in 2004 now is the time to set the wheels in motion.’
    • ‘She explained that setting the wheels in motion and getting something done about the building was a long and arduous process that would involve many different agencies.’
    • ‘A committee was inaugurated and the unified parish set the wheels in motion which would result in the foundation of a place where people could live or die with dignity.’
    • ‘If they want me to block it up, they can come and do it themselves but I'm going to set the wheels in motion for an appeal.’
    • ‘Now, almost three years later the singer has set the wheels in motion to put British music back on the American map.’
    • ‘Now she is trying to raise interest to set the wheels in motion on the re-opening of the venue.’
    • ‘Decisions taken at the meeting will set the wheels in motion towards providing some very real and practical help in the short and longer term.’
    • ‘Personally, I think it's kind of a big deal when a president deliberately sets the wheels in motion to invade another country, before the events later used to justify the war have even taken place.’
    • ‘Satisfied with their enquiries, the members agreed to set the wheels in motion to take the 14 housing estates in charge.’