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WHEEL. The punishment of the wheel was formerly to put a criminal on a wheel, and then to break his bones until he expired. This barbarous punishment was never used in the United States, and it has been abolished in almost every civilized country.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Meanwhile, David Whele will strive for more power and security and will do anything to guarantee it.
Mr Whele has moved up the ranks in the industrial agency team.
Yea they, whom we judge ouer best frendes, lyke the swalous flee awaye, when somer is gone, so they forsake us, when fortune turneth her whele. And somtyme the frescher frende caste out the olde.
A, and now wole I a newe game begynne That we mon pley at, all that arn hereinne: Whele and pylle, whele and pylle, Comyth to halle hoso wylle-- Ho was that?