ward heeler
noun Date: 1888 a worker for a political boss in a ward or other local area

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • ward heeler — ☆ ward heeler n. a person who works for a political party or boss at the lowest level, as in a ward or other city district, soliciting votes, performing minor tasks, etc.: often used with mild contempt …   English World dictionary

  • ward heeler — ward′ heel er n. gov a minor politician who canvasses voters and does other chores for a political machine or party boss • Etymology: 1885–90, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • ward heeler — Synonyms and related words: Conservative, Democrat, Labourite, Republican, Tory, Whig, adherent, appendage, attendant, buff, cavaliere servente, courtier, dangler, dependent, disciple, fan, flunky, follower, following, hanger on, hatchet man,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • ward heeler — noun : heeler 4 …   Useful english dictionary

  • ward heeler — minor politician who solicits votes and carries out minor tasks for political boss in a ward …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ward heeler — A term of contempt for one who solicits votes and works for the leader of his party in a ward, particularly one whose activities are questionable from the standpoint of legality or good taste …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • ward heeler — U.S. Politics. a minor politician who canvasses voters and does other chores for a political machine or party boss. [1885 90, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • ward heeler — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. local boss, party hack, hanger on; see politician 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • ward heeler — noun N. Amer. informal, chiefly derogatory a person who assists in a political party s campaign by canvassing votes and performing menial tasks …   English new terms dictionary

  • ward-heeler — noun a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends (Freq. 2) • Syn: ↑machine politician, ↑political hack, ↑hack • Hypernyms: ↑politician, ↑politico, ↑pol, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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