The obscure word of the week is wheeze

This week’s obscure English word is wheeze. The formal dictionary meaning is ‘breathing with a rasping sound’. However, it also has a more obscure meaning. In British slang it also means a joke, or some witty and clever scheme, often one intended to prank somebody or to be hilarious of itself.

As far as I’m aware it was commonly used in British boarding schools by the kids who inevitably spent much of their time devising clever wheezes to discomfit the beaks (er… teachers).

Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments using ‘wheeze’ in its obscure British sense.

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