wheel·house | \ ˈhwēl-ˌhau̇s , 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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When the Jarlshof broch was no longer of use, later Iron Age inhabitants dismantled part of it to use the stones to build four wheelhouses, smaller types of roundhouses a smaller style of roundhouse also unique to the region. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A History Nerd Will Get to Spend the Summer Guiding Visitors Through 4,000 Years of History," 28 Apr. 2018 Lazy Game Reviews stepped out of his normal wheelhouse for a video that almost seems like an April Fools Day video. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Some of the Strangest Computers from 2000 and Beyond," 1 Apr. 2016 Lundy's drinking had drawn scrutiny, and at one point in 2008 he was required to report to the wheelhouse 15 minutes before his shift for a sobriety check, according to testimony before the Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation. Anchorage Daily News, "A decade after the Alaska Ranger sank, a survivor changes his story," 13 Apr. 2018 The album rates with McDonald’s best work as a solo artist, fitting comfortably in his soul/R&B/pop wheelhouse. Alan Sculley, sacbee, "Michael McDonald finding his way to coolness in reboot, plays Crest tonight," 10 July 2018 Happiness is the psychology professor’s wheelhouse. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "One Day University educates as it entertains," 21 June 2018 Beautiful falsettos are definitely Carl [Newman]’s wheelhouse. Will Hermes, Longreads, "‘I Love What Human Voices Do Together’: An Interview with Neko Case," 9 June 2018 Teahen is one of the most delightfully sarcastic players in recent baseball history, and the entire thing was directly in his wheelhouse. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The Royals' pen pal is a 74-year-old Navy vet who wants to fix Danny Duffy's follow-through," 14 June 2018 The song is an uplifting ballad that finds Groban in his wheelhouse with a building piano and swelling orchestral score to support his soaring vocals. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Josh Groban Releases Inspiring New Single 'Granted': Listen," 8 June 2018

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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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