wheel horse

wheel horse
noun
a draft horse harnessed behind others and nearest the wheels of a vehicle
Syn: ↑wheeler
Hypernyms: ↑draft horse, ↑draught horse, ↑dray horse

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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.
[1700-10]

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wheel horse,
1. the horse in a team that is nearest to the wheels of the vehicle being pulled.
2. Informal. a person who works hard, long, and effectively. SYNONYM(S): workhorse.

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n. a horse harnessed nearest the wheels of a vehicle
figurative a responsible and hardworking person, esp. an experienced and conscientious member of a political party

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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