wheel horse

or wheel-horse


noun

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.

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Origin of wheel horse

First recorded in 1700–10
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British Dictionary definitions for wheel horse

wheel horse

noun

another word for wheeler (def. 1)
US and Canadian a person who works steadily or hard
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