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wheel of fortune

n
(Classical Myth & Legend) (in mythology and literature) a revolving device spun by a deity of fate selecting random changes in the affairs of man. Often shortened to: wheel

wheel′ of for′tune


n.
2. a wheellike gambling device that is spun to determine the winner of a prize.
[1755–65]
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But while Nicholas was considering these questions and still could reach no clear solution of what puzzled him so, the wheel of fortune in the service, as often happens, turned in his favor.
There he stopped before a public-house, under the sign of "The Wheel of Fortune," and, after examining the place outside, went in.
As for what happened at "The Wheel of Fortune," after the boy left--we ought to have discovered that last night.
It's this steam, you see, that has made the difference; it drives on every wheel double pace, and the wheel of fortune along with 'em, as our Mr.
Neither Hamlet, nor Macbeth, nor Othello, nor Douglas, nor The Gamester, presented anything that could satisfy even the tragedians; and The Rivals, The School for Scandal, Wheel of Fortune, Heir at Law, and a long et cetera, were successively dismissed with yet warmer objections.
He pulled a lever and made his mind revolve about him, a monstrous wheel of fortune, a merry-go-round of memory, a revolving sphere of wisdom.
But I see now how true it is what they say in these parts, that the wheel of fortune turns faster than a mill-wheel, and that those who were up yesterday are down to-day.
As I contemplated him advancing with kingly dignity, an obsequious guard following his steps, I could not help recalling to my mind the tall Zulu who had presented himself to us at Durban some few months back, asking to be taken into our service, and reflecting on the strange revolutions of the wheel of fortune.
It is when one is lowest on the wheel of fortune that the merry-go-round wheels and rewards us.
Then I'll tell him of our wager, to cool him down,--a process we call at the theatre turning the Wheel of Fortune, don't we, du Bruel?
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