on wheels

on wheels

1. Literally, on or via a vehicle with wheels, such as an automobile, bicycle, or motorcycle. Our family is getting ready to do our move on wheels across the country. Neither of us had seen much of the countryside, so we decided to have our next date on wheels.
2. Very smoothly; without difficulty, problems, or hindrances. Dinner service was running on wheels until an entire sauce pot fell off the stove.
3. Used as an intensifier of something as being difficult, unruly, unpleasant, disliked, etc. There's this one guy in our department who is a real jerk on wheels. It's like he enjoys making other people upset!
See also: on, wheel
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One respondent, for example, said that a typical exchange between two students in wheelchairs on a crowded sidewalk might be a tongue-in-cheek question about "what are those people doing on our sidewalk?" An example of a more aggressive tack was supplied by another respondent who asserted that an impeded path can elicit a response such as "get out of my way or I'll kick you." And, according to another respondent, students with disabilities who are stared at may respond by saying something such as, "What are you looking at, haven't you ever seen anyone on wheels before."