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heeler

[hee-ler] /ˈhi lər/
noun
1.
a person who heels shoes.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; heel1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for heeler

heeler

/ˈhiːlə/
noun
1.
(US) See ward heeler
2.
a person or thing that heels
3.
(Austral & NZ) a dog that herds cattle by biting at their heels
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Word Origin and History for heeler
n.

1660s, "one who puts heels on shoes and boots," agent noun from heel (n.1). Meaning "unscrupulous political lackey," U.S. slang, 1877, from the notion of one who follows at the heels of a political boss, no doubt coined with the image of a dog in mind. See heel (v.1).

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Slang definitions & phrases for heeler

heeler

noun

An apprentice; novice reporter; cub

Related Terms

ward heeler

[1960s+ Newspaper office; perhaps fr the obedience of a trained dog who stays at the heel of the master]


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