They were too busy fighting to get their breath back, and to unwedge themselves from the sidecar.
Old English wecg "a wedge," from Proto-Germanic *wagjaz (cf. Old Norse veggr, Middle Dutch wegge, Dutch wig, Old High German weggi "wedge," German Weck "wedge-shaped bread roll"), of unknown origin. Wedge issue is attested from 1999.
mid-15c., from wedge (n.). Related: Wedged; wedging.