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wheel and deal
To proactively and frequently pursue business deals or other actions of benefit to oneself or one's organization through the building and leveraging of contacts and relationships, especially in a prolific, aggressive, or unscrupulous way. You can't just expect to move up in the workplace without making some contacts. You have to wheel and deal a little. Nothing gets done on Capitol Hill without a lot of people wheeling and dealing. It's just how politics is.
wheeling and dealing
The act of proactively and frequently pursuing business deals or other actions of benefit to oneself or one's organization through the building and leveraging of contacts and relationships, especially in a prolific, aggressive, or unscrupulous way. Nothing gets done on Capitol Hill without a lot of wheeling and dealing. It's just how politics is. You need to cool it with the wheeling and dealing and just let the process work as it is supposed to. You'll be judged on your qualifications, not who you know.
1. To push someone or something around in some wheeled carrier, such as a cart or wheelchair. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "wheel" and "around." My worst job was as a stock picker the warehouse, where I had to wheel around inventory people had ordered online. My wife had to wheel me around in a wheelchair for nearly a year while my arms and legs healed after the accident.
2. To push some kind of wheeled carrier or vehicle to, through, or around a location. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "wheel" and "around." My mom always makes me wheel around the shopping cart while she picks out what we need. The police said we couldn't ride our bikes in the area, so we just had to wheel them around on foot.
3. To rotate or spin very quickly in a circle. The disc at the end of the motor keeps wheeling around, even after I let go of the power button. As the ride continued to wheel around, I could feel myself becoming more and more nauseated.
4. To turn or spin very rapidly in or toward the opposite direction. She wheeled around with an angry look on her face when I said her name. I went to pet the dog when it wheeled around and bit me!
5. To cause someone or something turn or spin very rapidly in or toward the opposite direction. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "wheel" and "around." I wheeled him around so he could see what was being done to his car. Tom wheeled around the shopping cart when he realized he'd forgotten to pick up milk.
1. To push someone or something into the room on a wheeled carrier or vehicle of some kind. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wheel" and "out." Doctors wheeled the patient out so she could take questions from the press about the extraordinary surgery. The architect wheeled out her design of the skyscraper she had designed for the city.
2. To push someone or something out of some place on a wheeled carrier or vehicle of some kind. A noun or pronoun is used between "wheel" and "out." I found it hard to navigate my wheelchair through so many people, so I had Jeff help wheel me out of the party. The demonstrators wheeled the prototype out of the conference room after the presentation had concluded.
Wild or uncontrolled. You're going to be in debt if you keep up this free-wheeling spending.
wheel and deal
to take part in clever (but sometimes dishonest or immoral) business deals. John loves to wheel and deal in the money markets. Jack got tired of all the wheeling and dealing of big business and retired to run a pub in the country.
to turn around quickly; to change direction quickly. She wheeled around quickly to face him. Suddenly, Roger wheeled around and started chasing Wally.
wheel someone or something around
to push or steer around someone or something on wheels. I had to wheel my great-uncle around all day when we visited the zoo. I wheeled around my uncle so he could enjoy the park. I wheeled the heavy shopping cart around the grocery store.
wheel and deal
Operate or manipulate for one's own interest, especially in an aggressive or unscrupulous way. For example, Bernie's wheeling and dealing has made him rich but not very popular. This term comes from gambling in the American West, where a wheeler-dealer was a heavy bettor on the roulette wheel and at cards. [Colloquial; c. 1940]
wheel and deal
If someone wheels and deals, they use a lot of different methods and contacts to achieve what they want in business or politics. He still wheels and deals around the globe. Note: This kind of activity can be called wheeling and dealing. He hates the wheeling and dealing associated with political life. Note: This expression is often used to show that you think someone is behaving dishonestly.
wheel and dealengage in commercial or political scheming.
The verb wheel is here used to mean ‘control events’. The sense is related to the noun a big wheel , meaning ‘an important person who makes things happen’.
ˌwheel and ˈdeal(disapproving) do a lot of complicated deals in business or politics, often in a dishonest way: He’s spent the last three years wheeling and dealing in the City. ♢ I don’t want to go into politics — there’s too much wheeling and dealing. ▶ ˌwheeler-ˈdealer noun
1. To turn around or as if around a central axis; rotate or revolve: The merry-go-round wheeled around.
2. To turn rapidly to face the opposite direction: I wheeled around to face the attacker.
3. To cause something to turn rapidly to face the opposite direction: The principal grabbed my shoulder and wheeled me around.
To present someone or something, by or as if by wheeling them into view: The coach wheeled the star quarterback out for an interview. The company wheeled out charts supporting its claims.
mod. lacking restraint; flamboyant and uncontrolled. These high-spending, free-wheeling palm-pressers appear out of nowhere at election time.
wheel and deal
in. to negotiate, cajole, and connive—aggressively. (see also wheeler-dealer.) If you can’t wheel and deal, you can’t run for elective office.
wheel and dealInformal
To engage in the advancement of one's own interests, especially in a canny, aggressive, or unscrupulous way.