E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
I have put my spoke into his wheel. I have shut him up. The allusion is to the pin or spoke used to lock wheels in machinery.
Dont put your spoke into my wheel. Dont interfere with my business; Let my wheel turn, and dont you put a pin in to stop it or interrupt its movement. The Dutch have Een spaak in twiel steeken, to thwart a purpose.
When solid wheels were used, the driver was provided with a pin or spoke, which he thrust into one of the three holes made to receive it, to skid the cart when it went down-hill. The carts used by railway navvies, and tram-waggons used in collieries, still have a wheel spoked in order to skid it.