- a minor politician who canvasses voters and does other chores for a political machine or party boss.
Origin of ward heeler
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for ward heeler
If you tried to vote some ward-heeler would challenge you and you'd like as not be hauled off to the lock-up.Bunker Bean
Harry Leon Wilson
"They've got my number," said the ward-heeler, in a convict whisper which was little more than a facial contortion.
In the thick of it he seemed to see the ward-heeler standing at his bedside and beating furiously upon a huge Chinese gong.
And Blount knew the disappearance was real, because the ward-heeler's own henchmen were searching for him.
- US politics derogatory a party worker who canvasses votes and performs chores for a political bossAlso called: heeler
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