third wheel


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third wheel

Someone who has no real place or purpose in a situation, likened to a superfluous extra wheel on a two-wheeled vehicle. When Kelly invited me to go to the movies, I didn't know that her boyfriend would be joining us. I felt like a third wheel the entire night.
See also: third, wheel

a fifth/third ˈwheel

(American English) an unwanted, extra or unnecessary person: No, I don’t think I’ll join you. Whenever I go out with you guys I just feel like a fifth wheel.
This refers to adding an extra unnecessary wheel to a vehicle.
See also: fifth, third, wheel

third wheel

n. an extra person; a person who gets in the way. (see also spare tire.) Well, let’s face it. We don’t need you. You are a third wheel.
See also: third, wheel
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She might form new ties, and then I should be a third wheel in the coach.
Being a perpetual third wheel makes you feel like you are neither here nor there.
She's had her heart broken thrice, and has long accepted the awkward status of being a third wheel to her dating friends.
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However, there is a third way for the third wheel, and I've just discovered it.
I think anyone would have felt like the third wheel that week," recalled the 32-year-old, who played with Woods and Phil Mickelson at Torrey Pines, with Woods going on to win his 14th and most recent Major title.
These statistics might show that relationships with a proverbial third wheel have more spice, provide an extra dimension from which to view the world and a support system that I'm sure most men would welcome into their home.
Comparing the people's representatives at various levels as three wheels of an auto-rickshaw, Sibal said that the Congress party has MLAs and MPs as two wheels, while the third wheel in terms of Corporators should also be of the same party.
Whenever I hang out with them, I feel like a third wheel.
Another feature is abrasive belt oscillation via a third wheel added between the contact wheel and drive pulley.
Among the stand-outs: Lori Barber, embodying a bass fiddle brought slinkily to life in ``Harlem Nocturn'' and playing a heartbroken third wheel in ``Blues in the Night.
When all-wheel drive is engaged, the oil flow is redirected to the third wheel and the vehicle moves slower.
Coiner further explores the relationship between sexuality and performance in Third Wheel, a dark comedy in which three characters--a lanky cowboy (Craig Peterson), a manic good-time guy (James Taylor), and a coquette (Phillips)--vie for each other's attention.
Tyrone Nesby provided an acrobatic 22 points for the Clippers, with third wheel Glen Rice dropping in 19 for the Lakers.
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