Definition of wheelhouse in US English:



  • 1A part of a boat or ship serving as a shelter for the person at the wheel.

    • ‘These chains run along either side of the ship to below the wheelhouse, where they would be pulled by the ship's wheel to turn the rudder.’
    • ‘In the sudden calamity that presaged the sinking, it is possible the skipper or a flying object in the wheelhouse knocked the joystick control to one side.’
    • ‘Interactive displays guide visitors as they observe river traffic through binoculars, use a field guide to identify vessel types, and take the helm in a towboat wheelhouse.’
    • ‘All 14 crewmen - a mix of Indian, Pakistani and Filipino - were on the wheelhouse roof, awaiting rescue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tailgate opening is 1020 mm, and the load width between the inner wheelhouses is 1048 mm.’
    • ‘I repeated my earlier journey back past the wheelhouse and up the companionway.’
    • ‘We cut through open remains of stern cabins, the galley and engine room, working up to the wheelhouse, where a large grouper lurks behind the remains of the steering binnacle.’
    • ‘The first officer, a retired British naval man, regarded Kara and her few belongings with wry amusement as one of the deck hands brought her up to the wheelhouse.’
    • ‘In another separate incident, a youth threw a stone at a different cruise boat last weekend, hitting the side of the wheelhouse.’
    • ‘Loui had already shed his wet-weather gear and was in the wheelhouse.’
    • ‘The Silver Dawn is also equipped with seating inside the wheelhouse and up top on the fly-bridge.’
    • ‘The vessel has a forward offset wheelhouse extended to shelter the hauling area.’
    • ‘Back in the wheelhouse he was confronted by the huge ship and desperately tried to swing the wheel to head away.’
    • ‘Yet, even on her final day with her bows blown off back to the wheelhouse, she returned her crew safely to land.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With waves literally passing over the wheelhouse, some fought through seasickness (finding their sea legs) for another day before arriving at Darwin.’
    • ‘Salvagers have taken the ship's propeller, navigational gear from the wheelhouse, and cargo.’
    • ‘Either side of the wheelhouse, tight against the side of the ship, is the steering cable.’
  • 2Baseball
    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’
    • ‘Pat put it right in Kelly's wheelhouse and he one-times a hard shot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘St. Louis reliever Jason Isringhausen then left a fastball in Kent's wheelhouse.’
    • ‘Unless Anderson told Santana to throw a fastball in Thome's wheelhouse, Santana didn't follow instructions.’
    1. 2.1one's wheelhouseUS 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’
      • ‘There are better movies out there, but Chicago is right in the Academy's wheelhouse and too many potential nominees have already been grounded for this one to crash and burn.’
      • ‘Is it even in their wheelhouse to debate?’
      • ‘It's just something I had never done; it wasn't something in my particular wheelhouse either.’
      • ‘More Adventurous seems to start off right in Rilo's wheelhouse with the talky anti-establishment jibes of "It's a Hit", but Lewis' broadsides have more in common with Bowling for Soup than the overstudied subtleties of most indie-rock discontents.’
      • ‘Van Helsing was right in Universal's wheelhouse…on every level except for budget.’
      • ‘John Edwards did very well in Iowa, he's not polling as high in New Hampshire, but once we get past New Hampshire and the campaign swings to the south, that should be right in his wheelhouse.’
      • ‘We dropped back to 15th after running fourth, but we got some points, and we can go to the races that are right in our 'wheelhouse.'’
      • ‘This combination plays right into the Steelers' wheelhouse.’
      • ‘The biggest disappointment was that I didn't get to mention Mind Game to an audience for whom the book was in the wheelhouse.’
      • ‘I've been shocked at how aggressive the Democrats have come out on this, because this is an issue that has been right into the president's wheelhouse for a long time.’
      • ‘Unlike many other Working Title successes, Wimbledon doesn't bear the benefit of Richard Curtis' rat-a-tat Brit-wit patter; the mode of administration here is inner dialogue and modest jabs, both of which are in Bettany's wheelhouse.’
      • ‘Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban is a Franchise Action picture that fits right in WB's wheelhouse.’
      • ‘But they also happen to have a director, Gore Verbinski, working right in his wheelhouse and an old-fashioned piece of storytelling that is terribly original in this era of quick cuts and short fuses.’
      • ‘Gary Beals, on the other hand, took "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" and wisely kept it in his R'n'B wheelhouse.’
      • ‘Mission: Impossible: III is a film that for Abrams and co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci is right in their wheelhouse.’
      • ‘At times, though, when I needed to pull off a shot that wasn't in my wheelhouse, I adopted the swings or mindsets of other players.’
      • ‘But perhaps best of all, Steven Spielberg seems to have found a project that just relaxes into his wheelhouse.’