Definition of wheelhouse in English:

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wheelhouse

Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wēlˌhous/

noun

1A part of a boat or ship serving as a shelter for the person at the wheel.
Example sentences
  • Around 8 a.m. black smoke erupted from the engine room and within three quarters of an hour, the wheelhouse and shelter deck, which went up like an inferno, was gone.
  • By 5pm that day, after Mayday calls went unanswered, they were forced to abandon ship, torching the wheelhouse as a last-ditch smoke signal and praying it would be seen.
  • In many scenes filmed of the boat under way, McCook or Layton were in the wheelhouse, out of view or in a lower helm station while Clooney drove the boat.
2 Baseball The part of a batter’s strike zone most likely to produce a home run: Oakland’s closer Street left a fastball in Bonds' wheelhouse with two outs
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  • What's more, Doom's a man with a pretty well-defined milieu, and if a beat's not in his wheelhouse he'll most likely strike out swinging.
  • He was 3 - for - 29 coming into Game Seven, led off the game with a single, and in his next at-bat, when Javy Vazquez left a fastball in his wheelhouse, socked a grand slam that turned the game into a rout.
  • Pat put it right in Kelly's wheelhouse and he one-times a hard shot.
2.1 (one's wheelhouse) US A place or situation in which one is advantageously at ease: as the campaign swings to the south, that should be right in his wheelhouse
More example sentences
  • Van Helsing was right in Universal's wheelhouse…on every level except for budget.
  • This combination plays right into the Steelers' wheelhouse.
  • It's just something I had never done; it wasn't something in my particular wheelhouse either.

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Syllabification: wheel·house

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