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freewheel Line breaks: free|wheel
Pronunciation: /friːˈwiːl/

Definition of freewheel in English:


[no object]
1Ride a bicycle with the pedals at rest, especially downhill: the postman came freewheeling down the track
More example sentences
  • We swept through the town of Grindelwald and freewheeled along the bank of the Lutschine river.
  • As I freewheeled and carefully negotiated the ruts, I enjoyed views of Wetwang, partially hidden in trees, and surrounded by all that cultivated land Sir Tatton was describing.
  • We rode through a stream, enjoyed a few final bursts of speed and skidding switchbacks and freewheeled into the shanty town of Yolosa.
coast, cruise, drift, glide, sail, skim, float
1.1Allow a motor vehicle to travel without the engine running or in neutral gear: she was convinced that she saved a lot of petrol money by turning the engine off and freewheeling down the hill
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  • Emma helped avert disaster when she prevented the 33-seater bus freewheeling down Shap Road.
  • The driver alleged that the vehicle suffered brake failure, but police suspected that he lost control while free-wheeling down the steep incline.
  • The Yamaha also has an engine brake, but it had a tendency to freewheel down hills a bit.
2Act or proceed in a relaxed or casual way, without making much effort: I’m not the sort of person who would freewheel his way to the end of a contract another manager might have been willing to freewheel through one final season
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  • With the Dons heading for a bottom-six finish, Anderson insists there's no way they can freewheel to the summer.
  • There are suggestions his players wanted more licence to freewheel - in short throw the ball about, be expressive.
  • But they sagged and allowed the Kings to freewheel their way to the other two goals that put the game out of reach.


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1 (free wheel) A bicycle wheel which is able to revolve freely when no power is being applied to the pedals.
Example sentences
  • Both the Combi and Classic have the clutch wheel mounted in front and the free wheel in the rear.
  • Track bikes have no breaks, only one gear and there is no free wheel, which means there is no coasting.
  • It had wooden rims and no free wheel, but I thought it was a wonderful possession.
1.1A device in a motor vehicle transmission allowing the drive shaft to spin faster than the engine.
Example sentences
  • He showed us how surprisingly easy it is to open the freewheel and service the bearings or pawls, although I doubt the sealed mechanism requires much maintenance.
  • You will have to build another rim onto that hub so that you can twist the hub hard enough to unscrew the freewheel.
  • I've been doing my own work for 20 years, but I can't figure out how to get any lube into the freewheel, much less how to actually open it up.

Words that rhyme with freewheel

allele, anele, anneal, appeal, Bastille, Beale, Castile, chenille, cochineal, cockatiel, conceal, congeal, creel, deal, eel, Emile, feel, genteel, Guayaquil, heal, heel, he'll, keel, Kiel, kneel, leal, Lille, Lucille, manchineel, meal, misdeal, Neil, O'Neill, ordeal, peal, peel, reel, schlemiel, seal, seel, she'll, spiel, squeal, steal, steel, Steele, teal, underseal, veal, weal, we'll, wheel, zeal

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