ward heeler

noun

Definition of ward heeler

: a worker for a political boss in a ward or other local area

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Smith, an eighth-grade dropout who went to work at 15 to support his widowed mother, was deemed by most a coarse ward heeler beholden to the Tammany Hall satraps who anointed him. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Frank and Al’ Review: A Friendship Forged in Albany," 25 Sep. 2018

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1888, in the meaning defined above

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