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Fifth Wheel
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Topic for this week is "Fifth Wheel".
There are several definitions for the term but we are looking for one that describes the following:

"Jack's job duties have been greatly reduced over the last year. He feels like a fifth wheel in his department."

What does "fifth wheel" mean in this case?

Could you provide another example?

2008/09/01 19:07

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Re: Fifth Wheel
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Modern cars have four wheels regardless they are front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, or all wheel drive. The fifth wheel is not necessary on the run and is not needed most of the time. The fifth wheel on the car is called spare tire, it has fewer mileages and last shorter. It is there for insurance purpose. Some luxury cars equipped with run-flat tires don’t even need a spare tire.
People feel that they are like the fifth wheels should look at the bright side; at least the fifth wheel is better than the flat tire. The fifth wheel is just not needed at the moment, unlike the third wheel that is hated by most couples.

So, be a steering wheel, not the fifth wheel. If you think you are becoming the third wheel, bring another one and make it four.

2008/09/01 20:17
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Re: Fifth Wheel
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備胎??
被放在後車箱內的那種

工作場所裡有被冷凍起來的感覺

2008/09/02 03:14

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Re: Fifth Wheel
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fifth wheel
third wheel
second fiddle

多餘的人,電燈泡,次要的人,累贅

"No, dude, you are not coming with us, three is a crowd, you are the third (fifth) wheel."

Hey, how about this:

"Be the steering wheel, not the fifth."
(Shape up, do not ship out.)

2008/09/02 04:39

birdman 於 2008-09-02 05:07:30
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Wow, you guys are good!

"電燈泡" is perfect for those pesty little brothers/sisters that always want to tag alone.

2008/09/03 02:30

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Dear Readers

The definition of FIFTH WHEEL is simply too simple for the grandmasters.

Now let this phrase ‘ALL AGOG’ tickle your brains.

1. What’s the definition? … easy!
2. From where did it originate? … not so difficult.
3. Is there a Chinese translation for it? … hmm …..
4. Is there a story to this phrase, ‘ALL AGOG’? … please tell our readers.
5. What is the indirect reference to ‘ALL AGOG’? … is there one?
6. Care to make sentences out of the phrase? … shouldn’t be difficult at all.

Thanks!

2008/09/03 09:24

viceroy 於 2008-09-03 10:49:59
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Re: Fifth Wheel
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I would like to thank all those who participated in the topic discussion.

Birdman's explanation was perfect, "Be the steering wheel, not the fifth." - was a very good one!

I understand to some of you this was an elementary topic, but my intention was to reach a larger audience, most importantly those who aren't quite at the master level.

Thanks again everyone!


2008/09/08 13:41

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