wheelhouse

[ hweel-hous, weel- ]
/ ˈʰwilˌhaʊs, ˈwil- /
||

noun, plural wheel·hous·es [hweel-hou-ziz, weel-] /ˈʰwilˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈwil-/.

Idioms

    in one’s wheelhouse,
    1. Baseball. (of a pitch) within the zone that is most advantageous for a batter to hit a home run.
    2. within one’s area of expertise or interest: There are some subjects that are in your wheelhouse and some that are not.
    in the same wheelhouse, very similar and usually in the same category: The two folk singers are in the same wheelhouse.

Origin of wheelhouse

First recorded in 1805–15; wheel + house
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for wheelhouse

British Dictionary definitions for wheelhouse

wheelhouse

/ (ˈwiːlˌhaʊs) /

noun

another term for pilot house
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for wheelhouse

wheelhouse


n.

1835, "structure enclosing a large wheel," especially one over the steering wheel of a steamboat, thus "pilot house;" from wheel (n.) + house (n.). Baseball slang sense of "a hitter's power zone" attested by 1990.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper