wheelhouse

[hweel-hous, weel-]
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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
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Examples from the Web for wheelhouse

Contemporary Examples of wheelhouse

Historical Examples of wheelhouse

  • We were all on deck before the crew had surrounded the wheelhouse.

  • He leaned against the back of the wheelhouse, and Jukes walked up to him.

    Typhoon

    Joseph Conrad

  • The second mate had found his way into the wheelhouse some time before.

    Typhoon

    Joseph Conrad

  • Hadn't you better join us and give up the wheelhouse for the present?

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine

  • The captain and I were in the wheelhouse when the attack came.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine



British Dictionary definitions for wheelhouse

wheelhouse

noun

another term for pilot house
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Word Origin and History for 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