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third-wheeling

verb; compounding third+wheel
to feel like an extra or unnecessary part similar to a third wheel in a pair of wheels. Usually refers to being in a situation when one is not needed and not part of the main group in a social setting. 2) being the extra person, when all other people are paired up. The word is a metaphor to the idea that a third wheel is an extra part and usually vehicles have an even number of wheels. It is also a compound of third and wheel. It's metaphorical meaning is as stated in the definition.
 
“They were talking in inside jokes and it was just awkward because I was third-wheeling it.”
Etymology : The word is a creative formation that is a metaphor to the concept that vehicles with an odd number of wheels generally don’t function well or are not common.
Source : 11/18/13 - conversation with friend
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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