wheelhouse

noun wheel·house \ ˈhwēl-ˌhau̇s , ˈwēl- \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

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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First Known Use of wheelhouse

1835

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of wheelhouse for English Language Learners

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


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