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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.
Origin of ward heeler
1885-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If you tried to vote some ward-heeler would challenge you and you'd like as not be hauled off to the lock-up.

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
  • "They've got my number," said the ward-heeler, in a convict whisper which was little more than a facial contortion.

  • In the thick of it he seemed to see the ward-heeler standing at his bedside and beating furiously upon a huge Chinese gong.

  • And Blount knew the disappearance was real, because the ward-heeler's own henchmen were searching for him.

British Dictionary definitions for ward-heeler

ward heeler

(US, politics, derogatory) a party worker who canvasses votes and performs chores for a political boss Also called heeler
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for ward-heeler



A woman singer; canary

[1946+; found by 1633 as ''singer'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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