noun Date: 1647 1. a. one that heels b. Australian cattle dog 2. a. a henchman of a local political boss b. a worker for a local party organization; especially ward heeler

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  • heeler — [hēl′ər] n. 1. one that heels ☆ 2. Informal WARD HEELER …   English World dictionary

  • Heeler — Heel er, n. 1. A cock that strikes well with his heels or spurs. [1913 Webster] 2. A dependent and subservient hanger on of a political patron. [Political Cant, U. S.] [1913 Webster] The army of hungry heelers who do their bidding. The Century.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heeler — (n.) 1660s, one who puts heels on shoes and boots, agent noun from HEEL (Cf. heel) (n.1). Meaning unscrupulous political lackey, U.S. slang, 1877, from the notion of one who follows at the heels of a political boss, no doubt coined with the image …   Etymology dictionary

  • heeler — /ˈhilə / (say heeluh) noun 1. a dog which follows at one s heel. 2. a cattle or sheep dog which rounds up stock by following at their heels: *It was a heeler because it went for the heels of the cattle and not their heads, apparently. –nevil… …   Australian English dictionary

  • heeler — /hee leuhr/, n. 1. a person who heels shoes. 2. See ward heeler. [1630 40; HEEL1 + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • heeler — Synonyms and related words: Conservative, Democrat, Labourite, Republican, Tory, Whig, adherent, appendage, dangler, dependent, follower, hanger on, hatchet man, henchman, loyalist, man, partisan, party faithful, party hack, party man, party… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • heeler — heel•er [[t]ˈhi lər[/t]] n. 1) a person who heels shoes 2) ward heeler …   From formal English to slang

  • heeler — ˈhēlə(r) noun ( s) Etymology: heel (II) + er 1. : one that heels 2. : a worker that puts heels on shoes 3. : a dog that heels animals 4 …   Useful english dictionary

  • heeler — noun A dependent and subservient hanger on of a political patron …   Wiktionary

  • heeler — heel·er || hɪːlÉ™(r) n. one who repairs heels (of shoes); sycophant, yes man …   English contemporary dictionary

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