Definition of spoke noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//spəʊk//
; NAmE NAmE//spoʊk//
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  • one of the thin bars or long straight pieces of metal that connect the centre of a wheel to its outer edge, for example on a bicycle See related entries: Cycling
  • Word OriginOld English spāca, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch speek, German Speiche, from the base of the verb spike.Idioms
    put a spoke in somebody’s wheel
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    (British English) to prevent somebody from putting their plans into operation
    see also speak, spoke, spoken
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spoke

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