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wheel horse

or wheel-horse

Also called wheeler. a horse, or one of the horses, harnessed behind others and nearest the front wheels of a vehicle.
Chiefly South Atlantic States. the left-hand horse of a pair hitched to a wagon or plow.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a reliable, diligent, and strong worker.
Origin of wheel horse
First recorded in 1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for wheel horse
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  • Most of the time Lightning went alongside the wheel horse contentedly.

    Cattle-Ranch to College Russell Doubleday
  • By what method could this wheel horse of reform best be harnessed to the car of educational progress?

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • Mind and body need to be driven tandem, the body for the wheel horse and the intellect the leader.

    Around The Tea-Table T. De Witt Talmage
  • It struck a wheel horse of one of the howitzers, burst, and made fearful havoc.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for wheel horse

wheel horse

another word for wheeler (sense 1)
(US & Canadian) a person who works steadily or hard
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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