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[hwee-lee, wee-] /ˈʰwi li, ˈwi-/
a small, usually folding, metal frame with wheels for carrying luggage or small packages.
a maneuver in which a bicycle, motorcycle, or car has its front wheel or wheels momentarily lifted off the ground.
Origin of wheelie
1960-65; wheel + -ie Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wheelie
  • It was also because it tipped the driver up into the air as pulled a giant wheelie.
  • Steering sensors and a computer conspire to make sure you don't topple over when you pop a wheelie.
  • For each descent, the test pilot maintained rolling contact with the curb for as long as possible by performing a wheelie.
  • Hubbard stated the library ramp was too steep and he has to pop a wheelie at the top to get into the library.
British Dictionary definitions for wheelie


noun (pl) -ies
a manoeuvre on a bicycle or motorbike in which the front wheel is raised off the ground
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Slang definitions & phrases for wheelie



A person who wheels and deals; big-time operator, Ganze Macher (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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