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wheelhouse

[hweel-hous, weel-] /ˈʰwilˌhaʊs, ˈwil-/
noun, plural wheelhouses
[hweel-hou-ziz, weel-] /ˈʰwilˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈwil-/ (Show IPA)
Idioms
2.
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.
3.
in the same wheelhouse, very similar and usually in the same category:
The two folk singers are in the same wheelhouse.
Origin of wheelhouse
1805-1815
1805-15; wheel + house
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  • So, assuming an air of calm certainty, he entered the wheelhouse.

    Where the Blue Begins Christopher Morley
  • We were all on deck before the crew had surrounded the wheelhouse.

  • They consulted together in a whisper, and the captain made a signal to the two steersmen motionless in the wheelhouse.

    The Grey Lady Henry Seton Merriman
  • The second mate had found his way into the wheelhouse some time before.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • I looked up hastily to see Bothwell's malevolent face in the wheelhouse window.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • The captain and I were in the wheelhouse when the attack came.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for wheelhouse

wheelhouse

/ˈwiːlˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
another term for pilot house
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Word Origin and History for wheelhouse
n.

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

wheelhouse

noun

A batter's preferred hitting zone over the plate; kitchen

[1959+ Baseball; probably fr the controlling prominence of the wheelhouse on a riverboat or a ship]

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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