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[hwee-ler-dee-ler, wee-] /ˈʰwi lərˈdi lər, ˈwi-/
noun, Informal.
a person who wheels and deals.
Also, wheeler and dealer.
Origin of wheeler-dealer
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for wheeler-dealer
  • But it will mean something of a change of course for a firm that made its reputation as a smart wheeler-dealer.
  • As an adult, he liked his father's talent for schmoozing, his skill as a finagler and a wheeler-dealer.
  • Land grabber, neighborhood despoiler, wheeler-dealer--those are the kinds of labels that stick to an urban real estate developer.
  • His wheeler-dealer image, self-made wealth, and free-market convictions made him a symbol of the emerging business age.
  • He'd been so high, a real wheeler-dealer, and now he was working for wages.
British Dictionary definitions for wheeler-dealer


(informal) a person who wheels and deals
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Slang definitions & phrases for wheeler-dealer

wheel and deal

verb phrase

To make many and frequent arrangements and agreements, esp in business and aggressively

[1950s+; perhaps fr the baseball phrase describing a pitcher's windup and throw]

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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