third wheel or fifth wheel

fifth wheel or third wheel

Meaning | Synonyms

  • a person who is in a situation where they are not needed
  • an extra and unnecessary person or thing
  • also known as “fifth wheel

Example Sentences

  1. I was the only person at the dinner party without a date. I felt like a third wheel.
  2. I felt like a fifth wheel when I couldn’t speak English well with my English teacher.
  3. I’m going, I don’t want to be a fifth wheel.
  4. I quit my bank job and am preparing for civil service. Now I feel like I am a third wheel.
  5. The way I live my life, I always feel like a fifth wheel.


This phrase originated from an extra wheel that was on four-wheel coaches, carriages, and wagons (American).

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Today a fifth wheel refers to a pick up truck towing a HUGE trailer from the bed of the pickup.

- Joe Bradford July 11, 2020

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