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[hweel-hous, weel-] /ˈʰwilˌhaʊs, ˈwil-/
noun, plural wheelhouses
[hweel-hou-ziz, weel-] /ˈʰwilˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈwil-/ (Show IPA)
in one’s wheelhouse,
  1. Baseball. (of a pitch) within the zone that is most advantageous for a batter to hit a home run.
  2. within one’s area of expertise or interest:
    There are some subjects that are in your wheelhouse and some that are not.
in the same wheelhouse, very similar and usually in the same category:
The two folk singers are in the same wheelhouse.
Origin of wheelhouse
1805-15; wheel + house Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wheelhouse
  • The suggester plugged up the raceway and made a vent in the wheelhouse that provided the needed additional fresh air.
  • Nets of recently harvested marine sponges are drying on the top of the boat's wheelhouse.
  • The fieldwork recorded the vessel's features including its intact wooden hull, wheelhouse and trawl winch.
  • Freshly caught tuna hung from the mast and hundreds of green drinking coconuts filled the deck and wheelhouse.
  • The waves broke out the wheelhouse windows, damaged electronic systems and knocked out the ship's primary steering system.
  • The vessel's wheelhouse has unusual small rectangular windows.
British Dictionary definitions for wheelhouse


another term for pilot house
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Word Origin and History for wheelhouse

1835, "structure enclosing a large wheel," especially one over the steering wheel of a steamboat, thus "pilot house;" from wheel (n.) + house (n.). Baseball slang sense of "a hitter's power zone" attested by 1990.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for wheelhouse


Related Terms

eighteen-wheeler, four-wheeler, side-wheeler

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