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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Sequins and feathers were still far out of my wheelhouse. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "What Aretha Franklin Taught Me About Being Unapologetically Fabulous," 16 Aug. 2018 If someone didn't know how to conquer a particular part of the game, like, that was her wheelhouse. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 7: 'Stone-Cold Narcissist'," 22 Jan. 2019 Performance/responsiveness: Intel’s traditional wheelhouse. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Inside Project Athena: How Intel and PC makers are creating the ultra-responsive laptops of tomorrow," 7 Jan. 2019 Seafood is his wheelhouse, and his product-driven and cleverly technical dishes are meant for serious foodies. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "34 Best Restaurants in Tokyo," 2 Mar. 2018 My wheelhouse is much more magic mystery theatrical based. Nicole Pajer, Billboard, "'Lip Sync Battle Live': Hailee Steinfeld, Laverne Cox, Taraji P. Henson & Neil Patrick Harris Tackle the King of Pop," 19 Jan. 2018 Choosing a movie so far out of his wheelhouse for his feature debut should be considered a statement. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, October 2018," 5 Sep. 2018 In 2015, Camilla went for something more in her wheelhouse: a straw, wide-brimmed hat with spiral details in shades of green. Marci Robin, Allure, "The 30 Best Fascinators and Hats Worn by Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall," 6 Aug. 2018 Tributes to George Jones, Waylon Jennings, or Patsy Cline are seen as being within a country singer's wheelhouse: A top 40 maven like Elton John, not so much. Elias Leight, Billboard, "Producer Frank Liddell Explains How Bernie Taupin Tested Him for the Elton John Country Tribute Album," 6 Apr. 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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