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the wheels are turning

Things have begun developing, unfolding, or progressing. If you're going to act, you have to do it now, but once the wheels are turning, there is no going back. A: "What's the status of our new deployment strategy?" B: "The wheels are turning, we're just waiting for some feedback on how well it's being received."
See also: turning, wheel

the wheels are turning

something is happening By the late 1940s the wheels were turning that would make space flight possible by the end of the 1950s.
See also: turning, wheel

the wheels are turning

something that you say which means a process is starting to happen By the late 1940s the wheels were turning that would make a manned space flight possible by the end of the next decade.
See oil the wheels, set the wheels in motion, spin wheels
See also: turning, wheel