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
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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.