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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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  • In an automatic you virtually freewheel to a halt so the brakes have to stop the car all by themselves.
  • The Yamaha also has an engine brake, but it had a tendency to freewheel down hills a bit.
  • The equipment, which enables trains to freewheel, was fitted onto 51 185 locomotives run by the company.
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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  • Waterford freewheeled during the remainder of the game, with Power giving some of his subs a run out.
  • The spark had gone and, with the flow of the game interrupted by substitutions, the home side freewheeled through a disappointing second period.
  • From there to the end Milltown could afford to freewheel a little bit, with points from O'Shea and Dowling merely for statistical purposes.


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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

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