wheels within wheels

wheel within a wheel

Something that is very complex and perhaps overly complicated. The phrase originated in the Bible. I can't figure out how to turn off this alarm system—it's really a wheel within a wheel.
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wheels within wheels

Complex interacting processes, agents, or motives, as in It's difficult to find out just which government agency is responsible; there are wheels within wheels . This term, which now evokes the complex interaction of gears, may derive from a scene in the Bible (Ezekiel 1:16): "Their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel." [c. 1600]
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wheels within wheels

If you say that there are wheels within wheels in a situation, you mean that it is very complicated and there are many different things involved in it, all of which influence each another. Our culture is more complex than he knows. Wheels within wheels and hierarchies. There are wheels within wheels within wheels in the espionage game. Note: This expression comes from the Bible: `And their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.' (Ezekiel 1:16)
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wheels within wheels

used to indicate that a situation is complicated and affected by secret or indirect influences.
The image here is of the cogs found in pieces of intricate machinery.
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(there are) ˌwheels within ˈwheels

used to describe a situation which is difficult to understand because it involves complicated or secret processes and decisions: In making political agreements there are always wheels within wheels.There are wheels within wheels in this organization — you never really know what’s going on.
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This album from comes on the heels of the wildly successful Wheels Within Wheels, which was released in spring of 2014.
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But it''s not so, beyond your hopes and fears, There''s wheels within wheels and there''s spheres within spheres, Just the fact you''re here in this universe Is proof that even someone like you belongs, No matter what your score of rights and wrongs.
They have wheels within wheels within the Congress party, within the UPA, which have made sure that this constitutional amendment does not pass in the Lok Sabha," said Yechury.
It is the roulette wheels within wheels privilege, the inside track, the relentless use of money by mighty moguls, the backstairs intrigue, the elbowing access of the rich to the innermost reaches of government.
There are wheels within wheels, but both the writing and the reader enable the listener to follow the action with no difficulty.
There are more wheels within wheels than there are figures inside each other in a Russian doll.
Based on Kenneth Fearing's pulp novel The Big Clock, the film has a complicated plot with wheels within wheels that keeps on ticking down till the final moments.
I cannot myself believe that the proliferating bureaucrats under the "Liberal" Establishment -- the tax collectors, the snoopers, the wheels within wheels -- can ever be happy in their nonsense "work.
What wheels within wheels exist behind Legacy getting the Dome will never be known with certainty.
If seeing visions of wheels within wheels or hearing the Lord of the Universe thunder in your ear is too scary for you, immerse yourself in doctrines, especially arguments about doctrines, and you'll never have to worry about having direct experiences of the Great Unknown ever again.
We were aware of a spirit floating over us, as it were, and we were aware that what we were doing on stage with this play about this extraordinary angry, loving, hurtful marriage is reflected not just in the film but in (Richard) Burton and Taylor's actual married life, so there were wheels within wheels.
While a black and white image, named Wheels within Wheels and taken by Jim McLeod - who posted it under the name of Baz Baziah - beautifully features the wheel in the reflection of the city's arena.
Obviously all sorts of wheels within wheels have been turning.
In his book Wheels within Wheels The Starleys of Coventry published in 1966, Geoffrey Williamson views Fardon's ingenuity as no more than a hobby writing: "It is known that the famous Stoneleigh blacksmith E L Fardon built a machine which closely resembl ed the Starley and Hillman Ariel.