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English definition of “set the wheels in motion”

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set the wheels in motion

to do something that will cause a series of actions to start: I thought a phone call to the right person might set the wheels in motion.
Translations of “set the wheels in motion”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使運作起來…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使运转起来…
(Definition of set the wheels in motion from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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