set the wheels in motion

set the wheels in motion

If you set the wheels in motion you do what is necessary to start something happening. So if you'll just sign the agreement, we'll set the wheels in motion. By 1971 Bridget's mother had set the wheels in motion to divorce Tayar. Note: The verb put is sometimes used instead of set. Less than 30 days after becoming leader of his party, he put the wheels in motion to forge a merger with the Alliance. Note: You can also say that the wheels are in motion. Sources indicated the wheels are in motion for the two sides to meet following tomorrow's Grey Cup game.
See also: motion, set, wheel
References in classic literature ?
I fear not the grinding of His mills; if necessary I shall set the wheels in motion myself.