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



    BrE BrE//wedʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wedʒ//
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  1. 1a piece of wood, rubber, metal, etc. with one thick end and one thin pointed end that you use to keep a door open, to keep two things apart, or to split wood or rock He hammered the wedge into the crack in the stone. (figurative) I don't want to drive a wedge between the two of you (= to make you start disliking each other).
  2. 2something that is shaped like a wedge or that is used like a wedge a wedge of cake shoes with wedge heels
  3. 3a shoe with a wedge heel (= one that forms a solid block with the bottom part of the shoe) a pair of wedges
  4. 4a golf club that has its face (= the part that you hit the ball with) at an angle See related entries: Golf
  5. Word OriginOld English wecg (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wig.Extra examples a wedge of cake/​cheese/​lemon He cut a great wedge out of the cake and began to eat it. Serve the fish with salad and wedges of lemon.Idioms
    the thin end of the wedge
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    (especially British English) an event or action that is the beginning of something more serious and/or unpleasant The introduction of a tax on workplace parking is seen by many as the thin end of the wedge.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wedge