Main definitions of wedge in English

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wedge1

noun

  • 1A piece of wood, metal, etc. having one thick end and tapering to a thin edge, that is driven between two objects or parts of an object to secure or separate them.

    ‘the door was secured by a wedge’
    • ‘A jeweller's screwdriver is better because you need a thin wedge to open the seam.’
    • ‘If the supports are wood, nail the wedges in place.’
    • ‘Instead, crews should use wood wedges, tapping gently when necessary.’
    • ‘Once the wedge is secured, slide the fender into the exposed slot until it clicks.’
    • ‘Wedges were then inserted into these holes and the block of stone was broken loose by pounding on the wedges with mallets.’
    • ‘Once home I lost no time in trying out the metal wedge and managed to split quite a pile of logs before I'd had enough.’
    • ‘Then at either end of the dowel, a small split is started, into which a small wedge is also driven.’
    • ‘An anchorage consists of a cast-iron bearing plate and special wedges to secure the strand inside the anchor housing.’
    tapered block, chock, door stop
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    1. 1.1 An object or piece of something shaped like a wedge.
      ‘a wedge of cheese’
      • ‘Clean brass with a wedge of lemon dipped in salt.’
      • ‘Put a steak on each plate, pour on the sauce, and serve with a wedge of lime.’
      • ‘Chop 3 of the tomatoes and cut the remaining one into thin wedges.’
      • ‘Without peeling them, I cut each into 8 thin wedges.’
      • ‘Finally, there is usually a small piece of fruit - a wedge of apple, a small piece of watermelon, or a few grapes.’
      • ‘Dawn went through the motions of squeezing a lemon wedge into her iced tea.’
      • ‘Eat breakfast - even if it's only a wedge of cheese on a cracker with your morning coffee - to avoid daytime fatigue.’
      • ‘In France, it's bad form to cut the point off a wedge of cheese.’
      • ‘Smear each cob with the butter and serve with a wedge of lime.’
      • ‘We picked up some croissants and a thick wedge of baked cheesecake, and pointed at some fruit scones, and then wandered home to curl up and nod off.’
      • ‘Burgers, with toppings like guacamole, blue cheese, and grilled onions, are served alongside thick potato wedges.’
      triangle, tapered piece, segment, slice, section
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    2. 1.2 A formation of people or animals in the shape of a wedge.
      ‘the wedge of horsemen crashed forward’
      • ‘He has been outstanding in coverage, breaking up the wedge or being the first or second tackler on the return.’
      • ‘What we've discovered is that you can drive an armored wedge up to the outskirts with a relatively small force.’
      • ‘Visible are Ailey's hallmarks: a wedge of dancers, with flaunting hips, weaving torsos, and dancing hands.’
      • ‘Whenever demonstrators shook the fence, police charged in, using wedge formations.’
      • ‘A wedge of large men wearing leather and denim roared into the campground on Harleys.’
      • ‘The B17s flew in a wedge formation that should have given them massive fire power against any attackers.’
      • ‘We are in wedge formation, one to each side of me and one watching my back.’
      • ‘In it, seven males with lights attached to their hands resembled a wedge of motorcyclists on a nighttime foray.’
      • ‘The Combined Fleet flew in a wedge formation, with the battleships at the point and the cruisers on the flanks.’
      • ‘It's also possible to have your group move in formations such as columns and wedges.’
  • 2A golf club with a low, angled face for maximum loft.

    • ‘Grip a sand wedge or lob wedge with your left hand only, and position a ball in the middle of your stance.’
    • ‘There's enough loft on a wedge when the shaft sits perpendicular to the ground.’
    • ‘Modern wedges are built to skid through sand and pop the ball out.’
    • ‘Try this with your other wedges and you'll have a total of six or nine distances.’
    • ‘Generally, each degree of loft on your wedges translates to two to four yards in carry distance.’
    • ‘This will help you gain more precise control with your wedges and short irons.’
    • ‘What's clear, though, is that all you need to play it is three clubs: a driver, a wedge and a putter.’
    • ‘Of course, the reason you are carrying four wedges is because today's modern pitching wedge has the loft of a 9-iron or even a strong 8-iron from not too long ago.’
    • ‘Another area I worked hard on was my distance control with the short irons, the wedges especially.’
    • ‘After rolling my ball onto a patch of frost-burned turf, even I can produce backspin with my wedges.’
    • ‘The best club to pitch with is a sand wedge, not a pitching wedge.’
    • ‘On Monday afternoon he left the big bag in the car, and went out for a practice round carrying only his putter and three wedges.’
    • ‘But then you look at the pros on TV, and they always seem to pull out a pitching wedge or sand iron and chip it from just off the green.’
    • ‘The wedges have a standard or low-bounce option, in four lofts and three finishes.’
    • ‘I'll sometimes take the sand wedge out of my bag and keep the lob wedge.’
    • ‘‘Everything seems to equalise the players: the long putter, the lob wedges with their 65 degrees of loft, the grooves on the clubs,’ he continued.’
    • ‘He took out his wedge, and after waggling it for a minute, put it back into the bag and pulled out a 5-iron.’
    • ‘Decide if you need a wedge with a loft between your sand wedge and pitching wedge.’
    • ‘I've got two wedges in addition to the pitching wedge that's part of my iron set.’
    • ‘I had to figure out how to get the ball in the hole with my wedge and my putter.’
    • ‘Until the past decade, pitching wedges had 50 to 52 degrees of loft.’
    1. 2.1 A shot made with a wedge.
      ‘Davies hit a wedge to within a yard of the hole’
      • ‘He hit a wedge over the tree and then another at the green. ‘I had a ton of room behind the pin and I hit a great shot,’ he said.’
      • ‘He had hit his ball to within a short wedge of the 350-yard par-four hole, and was intent on getting his score down to nine under after a welter of missed opportunities.’
      • ‘A wedge brought him to within 15 feet of the pin, from where his first putt pulled up short.’
      • ‘A conservative play calls for an iron off the tee that will leave the player a wedge into an angled green guarded by a bunker on the right side.’
      • ‘The picture changed yet again, though, at the par-five eighth where Johnson laid up short of the green in two before hitting a wedge to six feet for his fourth birdie of the day.’
      • ‘All we have today are young, strong guys who launch the ball off the tee, then hit wedges to almost every green.’
      • ‘Tiger Woods hits a brilliant wedge to within two feet of the pin at the 15th.’
      • ‘On the day I paid him some attention, Freddie hit a wedge to the final green on the old course.’
  • 3A shoe with a fairly high heel forming a solid block with the sole.

    • ‘Show your toes with strappy flats, heels or wedges.’
    • ‘Match them with these very delectable white designer wedges and I'm all set to go!’
    • ‘I fold my hands in front of me and stand expectantly, rocking back and forth on my heels - covered by lace-up wedges.’
    • ‘The look that dominated the '70s has women trading in their high heels for wedges that are casual and often more comfortable.’
    • ‘Weekends at the beach call for designer wedges.’
    • ‘You can get away with wedges or a high-heeled strappy sandal, because you're not going to see much of the shoe.’
    • ‘Instead, I'll introduce a few key pieces - I've just swapped stilettos for wedges.’
    • ‘The shoe of the shows was undoubtedly the wedge.’
    • ‘As for shoes, I wasn't going to risk breaking a leg wearing my 5-inch heels so I decided on my wedges.’
    • ‘The classic espadrille wedge, which first came on the scene in the late 1940s and 1950s, is still practical and elegant.’
    1. 3.1 A heel on a wedge shoe.
      • ‘Also we have stiletto pumps and boots with wedges and clear - transparent - acrylic shoes.’
      • ‘I wore shoes with wedges about half that size and my feet were killing me!’
      • ‘He wears a black tracksuit zipped right up, shiny black shoes with a wedge to give him height and small red sunglasses.’
  • 4British informal mass noun Money or earnings.

    ‘he invested his wedge in stocks and shares’
    • ‘It is particularly painful to write that sentence, because I had a very large wedge on the horse that came second.’
    • ‘My main goal is to send Nathalie off with enough wedge to do what she needs to do.’
    • ‘Those who can stomach the pornography will quickly discover a link which offers those with plenty of wedge the chance to bid for the site.’
    • ‘The man with access to the obligatory vast deposit of unclaimed wedge is in this case one ‘Dr Green’.’
    • ‘Although it is nowhere near the £33m one of the market leaders is coughing up on flogging broadband, it's still expected to be a fair old wedge.’
    • ‘Plenty of guys always have a bit of wedge in their pocket but I've always been either hopelessly broke or stupidly rich.’

verb

  • 1with object Fix in position using a wedge.

    with object and complement ‘the door was wedged open’
    • ‘Fire officers also raised concerns that the stairs enclosure could be compromised due to doors being wedged open.’
    • ‘Marie assumed the door was wedged shut somehow and went for a take-out instead.’
    • ‘Staff say their health is suffering because classrooms in the new school are too small and ventilation is so poor they have little choice but to break safety rules by wedging fire doors open.’
    • ‘She walked in the store - the door was wedged open - and proceeded to look around.’
    • ‘The doors will be wedged open to allow in freezing winter air.’
  • 2with object and adverbial Force into a narrow space.

    ‘she wedged her holdall between two bags’
    • ‘Finally, she wedged herself into a little niche, barely big enough for her, and began to think again.’
    • ‘Ryan would hand Athena a can, and she would wedge it in the empty spaces.’
    • ‘I always liked chimney climbing, wedging my body, arms and legs inside narrow walls and inching upward.’
    • ‘Rick even wedged himself halfway through the door before one of the guards kicked him back inside.’
    • ‘He stood up and flushed the toilet, and using the noise of the water flooding the bowl to cover any sound he was making, Ian wedged the book in the space between the toilet tank and the wall.’
    • ‘‘I could not see my mother at first but she had wedged herself under the table so she was all right,’ she said.’
    • ‘Felicia wedged herself between the closing door and its frame, easing her way into the house.’
    • ‘We had to wedge it between some bags in the boot and hope it wouldn't turn to crumble on the way.’
    • ‘She wedged herself as far as she could into the cavity.’
    • ‘One larger sized doctor finally wedged himself between them and pushed them apart.’
    squeeze, cram, jam, crush, pack, thrust, ram, force, push, stow
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Phrases

  • drive a wedge between

    • 1Separate.

      ‘the general aimed to drive a wedge between the city and its northern defences’
      • ‘Within four days they had driven a wedge forty miles deep into the British positions and threatened to break the Allied lines altogether.’
      • ‘This advance also served to drive a wedge between the Germans and Central Gaul.’
      1. 1.1Cause disagreement or hostility between.
        ‘I'm not trying to drive a wedge between you and your father’
        • ‘Clearly, terrorism is about driving a wedge between east and west.’
        • ‘After France vowed it would veto any resolution backing military action, the Prime Minister responded with a warning about the dangers of driving a wedge between Europe and America.’
        • ‘He warned that the crisis was creating ‘profound anxieties’ among young people and driving a wedge between friends.’
        • ‘That drove a wedge between the pair that ultimately led to Dunn rejecting the offer of a new contract in the summer and deciding on a move to Birmingham.’
        • ‘She was purposely and consciously driving a wedge between husband and wife.’
        • ‘He said the pressure drove a wedge between him and his partner, who moved out taking their three children with her.’
        • ‘They know when Government is trying to pull a fast one by driving a wedge between students and staff and by crudely appealing to the student vote.’
        • ‘If your mom's worries are driving a wedge between you, ask her to tell you honestly what she's afraid of.’
        • ‘‘They succeeded in driving a wedge between us,’ she says.’
        • ‘I can see this driving a wedge between us and local businesses when our top priority ought to be public safety.’
  • the thin end of the wedge

    • informal An action or procedure of little importance that is likely to lead to more serious developments.

      ‘a charge for nursery classes would be the thin end of the wedge and lead to charges for ordinary schooling’
      • ‘But he has praised shared campuses - seen by some as the thin end of the wedge - where Catholic and Protestant children are taught separately but on the same premises in a bid to tackle religious hatred.’
      • ‘Any element of the built environment introduced into that field would simply be the thin end of the wedge and a potential disaster for the retention of the green belt between Ilkley and Burley-in-Wharfedale.’
      • ‘If this happens a lot of people will assume it's the thin end of the wedge.’
      • ‘It clearly isn't, as they claim, the thin end of the wedge.’
      • ‘They fear that having the three services in the same building is the thin end of the wedge to ‘multi-skilling’, and jobs could be lost if operators handle calls for all three services.’
      • ‘‘It's the thin end of the wedge,’ warned Mr Stancliffe.’
      • ‘But unions representing the 1,500 workers at the service say they are deeply sceptical about the proposals and fear it is the thin end of the wedge in a privatisation drive.’
      • ‘He added: ‘The Government will need to intervene if this is taking place because it will be the thin end of the wedge for rural services.’’
      • ‘It has been put to me that this is the thin end of the wedge.’
      • ‘He said: ‘I had one meeting with an angling club and met with a bit of aggression, as they saw it as the thin end of the wedge.’’
      • ‘He said: ‘I am concerned that this is the thin end of the wedge.’’

Origin

Old English wecg (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wig.

Pronunciation

wedge

/wɛdʒ/

Main definitions of wedge in English

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wedge2

verb

[with object]
  • Prepare (pottery clay) for use by cutting, kneading, and throwing down to homogenize it and remove air pockets.

    • ‘The photo shows this as if you are facing the person wedging the clay.’
    • ‘The purpose of wedging the clay is to work all the air bubbles out and evenly distribute the moisture throughout the piece of clay.’

Origin

Late 17th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

wedge

/wɛdʒ/