To put a spoke in one's wheel
Spoke Spoke, n. [OE. spoke, spake, AS. sp[=a]ca; akin to D. speek, LG. speke, OHG. speihha, G. speiche. [root]170. Cf. {Spike} a nail.] 1. The radius or ray of a wheel; one of the small bars which are inserted in the hub, or nave, and which serve to support the rim or felly. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) A projecting handle of a steering wheel. [1913 Webster]

3. A rung, or round, of a ladder. [1913 Webster]

4. A contrivance for fastening the wheel of a vehicle, to prevent it from turning in going down a hill. [1913 Webster]

{To put a spoke in one's wheel}, to thwart or obstruct one in the execution of some design. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To put down one's staff — Staff Staff (st[.a]f), n.; pl. {Staves} (st[=a]vz or st[aum]vz; 277) or {Staffs} (st[.a]fs) in senses 1 9, {Staffs} in senses 10, 11. [AS. st[ae]f a staff; akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries. stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan. stav, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To put up one's staff — Staff Staff (st[.a]f), n.; pl. {Staves} (st[=a]vz or st[aum]vz; 277) or {Staffs} (st[.a]fs) in senses 1 9, {Staffs} in senses 10, 11. [AS. st[ae]f a staff; akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries. stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan. stav, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set down one's staff — Staff Staff (st[.a]f), n.; pl. {Staves} (st[=a]vz or st[aum]vz; 277) or {Staffs} (st[.a]fs) in senses 1 9, {Staffs} in senses 10, 11. [AS. st[ae]f a staff; akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries. stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan. stav, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set up one's staff — Staff Staff (st[.a]f), n.; pl. {Staves} (st[=a]vz or st[aum]vz; 277) or {Staffs} (st[.a]fs) in senses 1 9, {Staffs} in senses 10, 11. [AS. st[ae]f a staff; akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries. stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan. stav, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hole in One (Only Fools and Horses) — Infobox Only Fools and Horses episode name = Hole in One Series = 4 writer = John Sullivan director = Susan Belbin producer = Ray Butt Duration = 30 minutes Airdate = 7 March 1985 Audience = 13.4 million Cast = Hole in One is an episode of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Spoke — Spoke, n. [OE. spoke, spake, AS. sp[=a]ca; akin to D. speek, LG. speke, OHG. speihha, G. speiche. [root]170. Cf. {Spike} a nail.] 1. The radius or ray of a wheel; one of the small bars which are inserted in the hub, or nave, and which serve to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wheel — wheel1 W3S2 [wi:l] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(on a vehicle)¦ 2¦(for controlling a vehicle)¦ 3¦(in a machine)¦ 4 the wheels of something 5 the wheel of fortune/life/time etc 6 (set of) wheels 7 wheels within wheels 8 set the wheels in motion/set the wheels… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wheel — 1 /wi:l/ noun (C) 1 ON A VEHICLE (C) one of the round things under a car, bus, bicycle etc that turn when it moves 2 IN A MACHINE (C) a flat round part in a machine that turns round when the machine operates: a gear wheel 3 FOR CONTROLLING A… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • spoke — I. /spoʊk / (say spohk) verb past tense and archaic past participle of speak. II. /spoʊk / (say spohk) noun 1. one of the bars, rods, or rungs radiating from the hub or nave of a wheel and supporting the rim or felloe. 2. one of a number of pins… …   Australian English dictionary

  • spoke — 1 the past tense of speak 2 noun (C) 1 one of the thin metal bars which connect the outer ring of a wheel to the centre, especially on a bicycle 2 put a spoke in sb s wheel to prevent someone from doing something they have planned: I feel like… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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