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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
1700-1710
1700-10
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British Dictionary definitions for wheelhorse

wheel horse

noun
1.
another word for wheeler (sense 1)
2.
(US & Canadian) a person who works steadily or hard
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