wheel-horse

wheel horse

noun
1.
Also called wheeler. a horse, or one of the horses, harnessed behind others and nearest the front wheels of a vehicle.
2.
Chiefly South Atlantic States. the left-hand horse of a pair hitched to a wagon or plow.
3.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a reliable, diligent, and strong worker.
Also, wheel-horse.


Origin:
1700–10

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wheel horse
 
n
1.  another word for wheeler
2.  (US), (Canadian) a person who works steadily or hard

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