put the wheels in motion

put the wheels in motion

To act to cause something to begin. The senator from New Hampshire put the wheels in motion for the legislation. We've been planning the details for months, but it's ultimately up to the boss to put the wheels in motion.
See also: motion, put, wheel
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

wheels in motion

see under set in motion.
See also: motion, wheel
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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In addition, the $83.2 million pledged for revitalization purposes by Mayor Bloomberg and a comprehensive plan by the Coney Island Development Corporation have put the wheels in motion for a full-scale renaissance, complete with an influx of retail and residential development, a possible hotel and new jobs for neighborhood residents.
CHILDREN at a Rugby school have put the wheels in motion for new computer equipment in their classrooms.