wheel·​house | \ ˈhwēl-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce wheelhouse (audio) , ˈwēl-\

Definition of wheelhouse

2 : a place or center of control or leadership (as in an organization)

3 US

a baseball : the section of the strike zone where it is easiest for the batter to hit the ball well The home run came on a 3–2 pitch. [Danny] Graves tried to get Jenkins with a sinker. "It was right in his wheelhouse," Graves said.— John Fay
b : an area that matches a person's skills or expertise … he was right in his wheelhouse—politics is where [Stephen] Colbert soars.— Adam Chitwood

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Stave & Stone Wine Estates Broken Boulder Vineyard Pinot Noir All of these wines are a modest 13.2%-13.4% alcohol, but the Stave & Stone feels even lighter on the palate, which is right in my wheelhouse. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Columbia Gorge wineries release Eagle Creek Fire pinot noirs to raise funds for restoring hiking trails," 11 July 2019 The band quickly started working on songs in Tranquilla's '80s wheelhouse, which included new wave and punk. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "I Like Robots has perfected the ’80s cover band act," 25 Jan. 2018 Self-deprecation and dad jokes are in Reis’ wheelhouse. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Marlon Reis finding his voice as Colorado’s first gentleman," 13 June 2019 Some of those names -- Middleton, Green, Redick, Mirotic, Hill -- are the level of player that appears to be in the Pacers' wheelhouse in free agency. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "What Pacers fans need to watch in NBA free agency," 22 May 2019 Finally, the Destination’s life raft was stored behind the wheelhouse in a cradle with an automatic release. Outside Online, "In Search of the Vanished Destination," 17 Apr. 2018 This lime-green color isn't normally in my makeup wheelhouse, but the brightness brings out the different colors of brown in my eyes and was a simple way to make my whole outfit pop. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "6 Teen Vogue Editors Tried Fenty Beauty's New Vivid Eyeliner," 10 May 2019 Even his policy wheelhouse has proven beyond his command as a policy maker. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Deals Keep Falling Apart Because He Can’t Speak for His Own Administration," 10 Jan. 2018 Rogers was the surprise closing act of the mega-brand’s experimental, three-day immersive theatrical performance; by her own admission, the gig was a little bit out of her wheelhouse. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Maggie Rogers’s Personal Style Is a Mix of a “Space Cowgirl and San Francisco Art Teacher”—She Tells Us Why," 18 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of wheelhouse

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of wheelhouse

: an enclosed area on a boat or ship where a person stands to steer

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