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

set the wheels in motion

To act to cause something to begin. The senator from New Hampshire set the wheels in motion for the legislation. We've been planning the details for months, but it's ultimately up to the boss to set the wheels in motion.
See also: motion, set, 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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