wheel off(redirected from wheeling them off)
1. To depart or travel away (from someone or something) on wheels or on a wheeled vehicle or apparatus. The suspicious black car wheeled off just before it reached the military checkpoint. A: "Where are Tom and Martha?" B: "Oh, they wheeled off about an hour ago."
2. To drive or maneuver a wheeled vehicle or apparatus away (from someone, something, or some place). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "wheel" and "off." The waiter wheeled off the dessert cart before I had a chance to select something. We started wheeling our bicycles off toward the sound of the ice cream truck.
3. To transport someone or something away (from someone, something, or some place) on a wheeled vehicle or apparatus. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "wheel" and "off." The thieves apparently wheeled the antique statue off using a dolly in the middle of the night. His friends stuck him in a shopping cart and wheeled him off from the grocery store as fast as they could.
4. To drive or roll over the edge (of something) or off the surface (of something) on wheels. The driver had forgotten to put the car's emergency brake on, and it wheeled right off the side of the cliff. The stroller wheeled off the sidewalk and into the middle of traffic. Thankfully, someone ran out and got it before there was an accident.
5. To drive or maneuver something over the edge (of something) or off the surface (of something) on wheels. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "wheel" and "off." Please wheel your cart off the lawn—it's damaging the grass. We wheeled the car off the interstate and onto a smaller side road to avoid detection.
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wheel someone or something off
to push or steer someone or something on wheels some distance away. The nurse wheeled the old man off. Karen wheeled off the patient.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.