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freewheel

1. a ratchet device in the rear hub of a bicycle wheel that permits the wheel to rotate freely while the pedals are stationary
2. a device in the transmission of some vehicles that automatically disengages the drive shaft when it rotates more rapidly than the engine shaft, so that the drive shaft can turn freely
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AN eight-year-old schoolboy died after coming off his bike as he freewheeled down a steep hill.
Beyond The Pole freewheeled down the final hill and looked home and hosed, but on the final climb to the finish, Mr Wong moved into contention and for a couple of strides was in the lead before Beyond The Pole battled back to win.
As the party-loving 20-year-old freewheeled along California's sunny Venice Beach she seemed the picture of healthy living.