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ward heeler

noun, U.S. Politics.
a minor politician who canvasses voters and does other chores for a political machine or party boss.
1885-90, Americanism Unabridged
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ward heeler

(US, politics, derogatory) a party worker who canvasses votes and performs chores for a political boss Also called heeler
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ward heeler

noun phrase

A low-ranking associate or flunky of a political boss; a menial crony

[1890+; fr heeler, ''a loafer, one on the lookout for shady work''; in the 1870s the ward heeler was known simply as heeler or as ward-bummer]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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