- 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
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Historical Examples of wheel horse
He was instantly met and borne to the snow by Bones, the second “wheel-horse.”On the Yukon Trail
Roy J. Snell
As a leader he was fine; as a wheel-horse, he was not always just to himself.From Manassas to Appomattox
Garrett one day, "every church has to have a wheel-horse, and I might as well be the wheel-horse as any body."Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler
One gun upset when a wheel-horse was shot, and had to be abandoned, together with a waggon, the horses of which were killed.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 6 (of 6)
Had the other wheel-horse not been as steady as a rock, we would have gone right over.
- another word for wheeler (def. 1)
- US and Canadian a person who works steadily or hard