American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pair of small wheels attached to the rear axle of a bicycle so that beginning riders can ride without falling over.
- n. A pair of small wheels attached on either side of the rear wheel of a child's bicycle so that the bicycle is easier for the child to learn to ride.
- n. figuratively Anything designed to make something easier for a novice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- a pair of small wheels attached to the rear of a bicycle to keep the bicycle upright; -- used to assist those, especially small children, learning how to ride a bicycle.
“Casey, Abizaid, and Rumsfeld were also supported by almost all of the senior leaders of the U.S. military who advocated lowering the profile of U.S. forces to put more of an Iraqi “face” on the occupation, on the theory that American soldiers were antibodies in the Arab world and that, in any event, Iraqis had to “take the training wheels off” and learn to drive their own bike themselves.”
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