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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
1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • By what method could this wheel horse of reform best be harnessed to the car of educational progress?

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • It struck a wheel horse of one of the howitzers, burst, and made fearful havoc.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Most of the time Lightning went alongside the wheel horse contentedly.

    Cattle-Ranch to College Russell Doubleday
  • 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
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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