wheelhorse - Wiktionary

wheelhorse – Wiktionary



Horse-drawn carriages on the annual conference of the American Seed Commerce Affiliation, Rochester, New York, USA, June 11–13, 1901.[1] A wheelhorse (sense 1) is the horse nearest to the wheels of a carriage.

wheel +‎ horse. Sense 2 (“one who labors closely for a trigger”) is from the truth that a horse nearest to the wheels of a carriage that it’s drawing does a lot of the pulling work.



wheelhorse (plural wheelhorses)

  1. (US, dated) One in every of a crew of horses which is nearest to the wheels of a carriage, versus a pacesetter or ahead horse.
    • 1750 October, “A Description, with the Type, of the 4 Wheel Carriage, which was Drawn at Newmarket, 19 Miles in 54 Minutes. [] Invented by Mr J. Wright in Lengthy Acre.”, in Sylvanus City [pseudonym; Edward Cave], editor, The Gentleman’s Journal, and Historic Chronicle, quantity XX, London: Printed by Edw[ard] Cave, at St John’s Gate, printed January 1755, OCLC 192374019, web page 440:

      The off wheel-horſe a gray, named Single Peeper, ſold for 50 [guineas] [] The close to wheel-horſe cheſnut, named Likelihood.

    • 1869 September, E. P. Willard, “A Evening and a Day on the Sierra Nevada”, in The Western Month-to-month, quantity II, quantity 9, Chicago, Unwell.: Reed, Browne & Co., publishers, No. 18 Tribune Constructing, OCLC 21067514, web page 179, column 2:

      The motive force [] neither knew any factor, stated any factor, or did any factor however watch a dozen equine ears, and maintain six reins taut in his fingers, and coax the off wheel[-]horse with the stomach of his whip-lash each two minutes, invariably accompanying the stroke with an amazing solitary cluck.

    • 1886, Maxwell Grey [pseudonym; Mary Gleed Tuttiett], chapter I, in The Silence of Dean Maitland: A Novel, London: Kegan Paul & Co., OCLC 560202143; republished New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton and Firm, 1888, OCLC 37308823, half I, web page 12:

      “Ay! he med properly say that,” repeated the wagoner, nonetheless digesting the pleasure of Ben Lee’s praise, and slapping the wheel[-]horse’s huge flank, in order that the fairy chime started once more, and the smack resounded like an accompaniment to its music.

    • 1914 April, W[illard] W[ebster] Eggleston, “A Journey to Stanislaus Forest, California. (Summary.)”, in Bulletin, quantity 9, Burlington, Vt.: Printed yearly by the [Vermont Botanical] Membership; Free Press Printing Firm, OCLC 5812886, web page 23:

      In distinction to the strategies utilized in New England all of the lumber from the excessive Sierras is taken out in the summertime as an alternative of the winter. Groups of about seven pairs of horses, or mules, or traction engines, are used. Groups draw two or three wagons, and are managed by one driver who rides on a wheelhorse and guides with one rein, whip and voice.

    • 1916, Battle Division, Workplace of the Chief of Employees, “The Driver”, in Provisional Drill and Service Rules for Subject Artillery (Horse and Mild) 1916 (Battle Division Doc; no. 538), Washington, D.C.: Authorities Printing Workplace, OCLC 2651680, half III (Mounted Instruction), part IV (Mounted Instruction), paragraph 437, web page 181:

      The cannoneer posted nearest the left wheel of the limber engages the tip of the pole of his carriage within the pole ring of the neck yoke after which hitches the close to wheel horse; the cannoneer posted nearest the proper wheel of the limber hitches the off wheel horse.

  2. (US, figurative) An individual who labors closely for a specific trigger, with out caring about recognition.
    • 1866, Charles Lanman, “Ruggles, Benjamin”, in Dictionary of the USA Congress, Compiled as a Handbook of Reference for the Legislator and Statesman, third rev. version, [Washington, D.C.]: Authorities Printing Workplace, OCLC 1023538330, web page 326, column 1:

      [F]rom his [Benjamin Ruggles’] well-known habits of trade and fixed devotion to the pursuits of his constituents, he was referred to as “The Wheelhorse of the Senate.”
    • 1905 December, E. E. Lusk, “Homeopathy ‘is Not Constructed that Means’”, in H. C. Allen, editor, The Medical Advance and Journal of Homeopathics: A Month-to-month Journal of Hahnemannian Homeopathy, quantity XLIII, quantity 12, Batavia, Unwell.: James E. Forrest, OCLC 171680519, web page 768:

      A medical journal, it appears to the author, ought to be a medium for the propagation of helpful information, the instruction of the occupation in the perfect and most scientific strategies of preventing illness; and who’s so properly certified for the work because the previous wheelhorses, the lads who’ve grown grey within the battle?

    • 1997, David Backes, A Wilderness Inside: The Lifetime of Sigurd F. Olson, Minneapolis, Minn.: College of Minnesota Press, →ISBN, web page 369:

      He was a wheelhorse, a tower of power, to the Park Service and to the forces that have been attempting to determine new parks, seashores, canoe wildernesses, and different reservations throughout the Kennedy and Johnson years.

  3. (out of date or historic) A foot-propelled car; a bicycle.
    • 1869, Velox [pseudonym], “The Velocipede of the Previous”, in Velocipedes, Bicycles, and Tricycles: Methods to Make and Methods to Use Them. With a Sketch of their Historical past, Invention, and Progress, London: George Routledge and Sons, The Broadway, Ludgate; New York, 416, Broome Road, OCLC 79266561, pages 39–40:

      In 1830 a daring and vigorous try was made to make the most of the wheel-horse. A French post-office official, M. Dreuze by title, introduced ahead an enchancment on the previous two-wheel velocipede, which bid truthful to achieve success. [] Various the nation letter-carriers have been mounted on the wheel-horse, and while the roads continued dry and onerous M. Dreuze may congratulate himself on the success of his invention; however with moist climate got here dangerous roads, and to the moist succeeded frost and snow. Slightly additional labour was all that was required to beat the additional friction of the dangerous roads, however the wheels refused to progress on the slippy frozen floor.

    • 1869, Velox [pseudonym], “The Artwork of Velocipede Administration”, in Velocipedes, Bicycles, and Tricycles: Methods to Make and Methods to Use Them. With a Sketch of their Historical past, Invention, and Progress, London: George Routledge and Sons, The Broadway, Ludgate; New York, 416, Broome Road, OCLC 79266561, web page 77; reprinted in “Velocipedes. The Velocipede of the Day.”, in Edmund Routledge, editor, Routledge’s Each Boys Annual: An Entertaining Miscellany of Unique Literature, London: George Routledge and Sons, The Broadway, Ludgate; New York, 416, Broome Road, 1870, OCLC 30367601, web page 414:

      As in most different accomplishments, apply alone could make a skilful rider of velocipedes. The tyro can, nevertheless, revenue by the expertise of others, and I give a couple of guidelines for his steering, in addition to instructions for his apply. The primary level is to achieve confidence in, and familiarity with, his wheel horse.

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  • (horse nearest to the wheels of a carriage): wheeler


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  1. ^ From The American Florist: A Weekly Journal for the Commerce, quantity XVI, situation 681, Chicago, Unwell.: American Florist Firm, 22 June 1901, OCLC 1479872, web page going through web page 1668.


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