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wheeze

verb [I] uk   us   /wiːz/
to make a high, rough noise while breathing because of some breathing difficulty: I could hear the old man behind me wheezing. I know when I've been smoking too much because I start to wheeze when I run for a train.
wheezy
adjective uk   us   /ˈwiː.zi/
He's got a very wheezy chest that hasn't been helped by a recent cold.

wheeze

noun [C] uk   us   /wiːz/

wheeze noun [C] (PLAN)

UK old-fashioned informal a clever and often unusual idea or plan, especially one that is intended to achieve a profit or some other advantage: As a part of their latest marketing wheeze they're giving away tickets for the concert. So the public actually pay to feed the animals in the zoo? That seems like a good wheeze. I've had a wheeze - why don't we put both kids in the small room and that will leave the back room free.

wheeze noun [C] (BREATH)

a high, rough noise made when someone cannot breathe easily: The cough, wheeze, and shortness of breath are things that go with smoking, not with age.
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