Wheelman is thieves cant, criminal slang for driver. A competent wheelman steals a clean car before the job, drives it expertly during the getaway, and dumps it in a safe way after the job is done.

The importance to the success in any criminal enterprise of a good wheelman cannot be underestimated.

A good wheelman never steals a car for joyriding or for his own pleasure, nor do they steal cars for direct profit such as resale to a chop shop. That sort of thing is for amateurs.

Wheel"man (?), n.; pl. Wheelmen ().

One who rides a bicycle or tricycle; a cycler, or cyclist.

 

© Webster 1913.

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