One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]Northern Irish, Scottish
1Snatch or remove (something) quickly.‘I wheeched the duvet off Gavin's bed’
- ‘Any vision of utopia based on shiny automobiles to wheek you places quickly on rails is not mine.’
- ‘The waiter was hovering constantly at my elbow, wheeking away breadcrumbs or tidying up around me.’
- ‘She wheeked out the map.’
- ‘He asked a taxi driver how much it would cost to wheek him over to St Andrews.’
- ‘I successfully wheeked the lodged cotton bud out of my ear.’
- ‘He kept his van there so he could be wheeked around in the style to which he was accustomed.’
- 1.1no object, with adverbial of direction Rush; dash.‘I wheech down after him’
rush, race, run, sprint, bolt, dart, gallop, career, charge, shoot, hurtle, hare, bound, fly, speed, streak, zoom, plunge, dive, whisk, scurry, scuttle, scamper, scrambleView synonyms
- ‘Words of uncertain origin but with a distinct onomatopoeic element include: birl to whirl, daud a thump or lump, dunt a thump, sclaff to slap, skrauch and skreich to shriek, wheech to move in a rush, yatter to chatter.’
- ‘He wheeks round tae Miss Doyle.’
- ‘He takes an age to lift it to the skies but eventually, wheech, up it goes, and we're all done and dusted.’
- ‘The entire nation passes the useless time watching the coloured balls wheek round each Saturday lottery evening.’
Early 19th century: of imitative origin.
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