spin one's wheels
phrasal to make futile efforts to achieve progress

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • spin one's wheels — {v. phr.} 1. Said of cars stuck in snow or mud whose wheels are turning without the car moving forward. * /There was so much snow on the driveway that my car s wheels were spinning in it and we couldn t get going./ 2. To exert effort in a job… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • spin one's wheels — {v. phr.} 1. Said of cars stuck in snow or mud whose wheels are turning without the car moving forward. * /There was so much snow on the driveway that my car s wheels were spinning in it and we couldn t get going./ 2. To exert effort in a job… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • spin one's wheels — idi spin one s wheels, to waste one s efforts …   From formal English to slang

  • spin\ one's\ wheels — v. phr. 1. Said of cars stuck in snow or mud whose wheels are turning without the car moving forward. There was so much snow on the driveway that my car s wheels were spinning in it and we couldn t get going. 2. To exert effort in a job without… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • spin one's wheels — informal waste one s time or efforts …   Useful english dictionary

  • spin one’s wheels — tv. to waste time; to remain in a neutral position, neither advancing nor falling back. □ I’m just spinning my wheels in this job. I need more training to get ahead. □ The whole project was just spinning its wheels until spring …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • spin one's wheels — verb To make no progress despite making an effort; to get nowhere. Ive been spinning my wheels on this problem all week, with nothing to show for it …   Wiktionary

  • spin one's wheels N. Amer. — spin one s wheels N. Amer. informal waste one s time or efforts. → spin …   English new terms dictionary

  • beat one's meat — verb a) To masturbate. b) To waste time; to engage in an unproductive activity. Syn: fanny about, spin ones wheels …   Wiktionary

  • spin — spinnability, n. spinnable, adj. /spin/, v., spun or (Archaic) span, spun, spinning, n. v.t. 1. to make (yarn) by drawing out, twisting, and winding fibers: Pioneer women spun yarn on spinning wheels. 2. to form (the fi …   Universalium

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