ward heeler


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

Examples of ward heeler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clarence Yancey, an old-school political ward heeler in Louisville's West End whose backing was sought by local and statewide politicians for decades, died Sunday, according to his family. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, 18 July 2022 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, 25 Sep. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ward heeler was in 1888

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“Ward heeler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ward%20heeler. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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