ward heeler

nounU.S. Politics.
  1. 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

Words Nearby ward heeler

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How to use ward heeler in a sentence

  • 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.

  • From ward heeler to worshipful woman, this subterranean trickster is charged with selection of the tool that will turn the trick.

    Criminal Types | V. M. Masten

British Dictionary definitions for ward heeler

ward heeler

  1. US politics derogatory a party worker who canvasses votes and performs chores for a political boss: Also called: heeler

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