set the wheels in motion meaning, set the wheels in motion definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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motion

  
  ( motions    plural & 3rd person present)   ( motioning    present participle)   ( motioned    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-uncount   Motion is the activity or process of continually changing position or moving from one place to another.   (=movement)  
...the laws governing light, sound, and motion..., One group of muscles sets the next group in motion..., The wind from the car's motion whipped her hair around her head.     
2       n-count   A motion is an action, gesture, or movement.  
usu with supp   (=movement)  
He made a neat chopping motion with his hand.     
3       n-count   A motion is a formal proposal or statement in a meeting, debate, or trial, which is discussed and then voted on or decided on.  
The conference is now debating the motion and will vote on it shortly..., Opposition parties are likely to bring a no-confidence motion against the government...     
4       verb   If you motion to someone, you move your hand or head as a way of telling them to do something or telling them where to go.   (=signal, gesture)  
She motioned for the locked front doors to be opened...      V for n to-inf  
He stood aside and motioned Don to the door...      V n prep/adv  
I motioned him to join us...      V n to-inf  
He motioned to her to go behind the screen.      V to n to-inf  
5   
    slow motion  
    time and motion  
6    If you say that someone is going through the motions, you think they are only saying or doing something because it is expected of them without being interested, enthusiastic, or sympathetic.  
go through the motions      phrase   V inflects  
`You really don't care, do you?' she said quietly. `You're just going through the motions.'     
7    If a process or event is in motion, it is happening. If it is set in motion, it is happening or beginning to happen.  
in motion      phrase   usu v-link PHR, PHR after v  
His job as England manager begins in earnest now his World Cup campaign is in motion..., Her sharp, aggressive tone set in motion the events that led to her downfall.     
8    If someone sets the wheels in motion, they take the necessary action to make something start happening.  
set the wheels in motion             phrase   V inflects  
I have set the wheels in motion to sell Endsleigh Court.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
v.
launch the process, launch the project, make sure that progress is under way
idiom
o.
word used to describe the sound made by the wheels of a train
by extension, it can be applied to other rhythmic similar sounds (for example, the sound of a clock or of a typing machine)
n.
competitive set: a group of other brands offering a similar product or service, to the same consumers
exp.
to be likely to do something
banks set to miss lending targets
n.
set of virtual assets belonging to an user
[Tech.]
n.
person skilled for an activity, especially for one involving motion (like sports; dance)
una canción de los 90
n.
a prank on Twitter consisting of posting a link to a picture of a duck on wheels
n.
a set of ideas, rules, or beliefs from which something is developed, or on which decisions are based
The educational framework of ISB is much different from the framework (curriculum) where I used to go to school. I do like it though.
n.
set of words and word groups together with their definition, translation, grammar category or usage examples, and which can be searched through an index or a search engine
exp.
A set of one’s web assets, created with the intention of facilitating the transference of online assets and value upon ones death.
[Tech.]
exp.
act in accordance with what is set verbally; apply what one's preaching for; double words by action;
often used in combination with "talk the talk".
exp.
A set of online digital assets or virtual value that may be left to another person in a will.
[Tech.]
exp.
A set of virtual assets or virtual value in cyberspace that may be left to another in a will.
[Tech.]
exp.
A set of virtual assets or value in cyberspace left behind after one’s death fall on legal successors as right.
[Tech.]
exp.
(in an organization) set up a more informal structure/workflow/environment; give up on communication protocols between departments
[Bus.]
n.
set of data relative to the online activity of one particular user
[Tech.]
exp.
A set of collection of one’s internet assets or value gathered in order to assist transfer of online rights.
[Tech.]
n.
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
n.
1. a fashion enthusiast; someone who sets or follows trends; 2. woman working in the fashion domain (as a designer, journalist, model etc.); 3. woman passionate about shopping;

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