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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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 All that remains is to apportion liability, which is within the courts' wheelhouse. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Self-driving car deaths raise the question: Is society ready for us to take our hands off the wheel?," 3 Apr. 2018 Some of those features have felt right in the TLS’s wheelhouse — for example, a 1918 Edith Wharton lecture about World War I, delivered in France, that the paper had translated and published in English for the first time. New York Times, "A Scrappy Makeover for a Tweedy Literary Fixture," 26 May 2018 The idea of the biggest and smallest working together is right in McMahon’s wheelhouse. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Week in Wrestling: In-Depth Look at ‘Ultimate Deletion’; Rey Mysterio WrestleMania Update," 28 Mar. 2018 The play fits like a period glove on the main stage at the Miracle Theatre, and farce is one of the strongest theatrical styles in artistic director David Arisco’s wheelhouse. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "‘Noises Off’ a farce of gold," 23 Jan. 2018 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

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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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