Heeler

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heeler A cock that strikes well with his heels or spurs.
    • Heeler A dependent and subservient hanger-on of a political patron. "The army of hungry heelers who do their bidding."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heeler A cock that strikes well with his heels.
    • n heeler A quick runner.
    • n heeler [Cf. LG. hakken-kiker (lit. ‘heel-watcher’: see keek) and hakken-treder (lit. ‘heel-treader’: see tread), a lackey (who follows at the heels of his master).] One who follows at the heels of another; an unscrupulous or disreputable follower or hanger-on of a professional politician or “boss,” or of a party.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Heeler (U.S.) an unscrupulous hanger-on of a political party
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. héla; Dut. hiel.

Usage

In literature:

I know 'em, these railroad heelers.
"The Octopus" by Frank Norris
So you are the Heeler?
"The Brook Kerith" by George Moore
From their point of view, the dropping of the 'r' ought to convince voters that I am nothing but a tough and heeler.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
If you tried to vote some ward-heeler would challenge you and you'd like as not be hauled off to the lock-up.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
Down in the lower wards of New York they'd call him a boss heeler, maybe.
"The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush" by Francis Lynde
The boys say she ain't agoin' to have no heelers 'round here, nohow.
"A Woman for Mayor" by Helen M. Winslow
Every "boss" has what are termed "heelers," one function of whom is to buy votes and do other work in the interest of "reform.
"As A Chinaman Saw Us" by Anonymous
His heelers got up against this line of sphinxes and fell back, done up.
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
Dad calls him a political heeler, and says he is very useful.
"Hidden Gold" by Wilder Anthony
Define "tramp," "bummer," "heeler," "hoodlum," and "politician.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
When we see the actions of political heelers at elections we are often astounded.
"A Man of Two Countries" by Alice Harriman
Tammany let its heelers build shanties in it to sell fish and dry-goods and such in.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
He's a party heeler, a grafter from away back, and everybody falls for him.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Supposing she had still to go on, week in and week out, in Heeler's noisy, stifling factory.
"The Beggar Man" by Ruby Mildred Ayres
Every Garvin heeler and every Marcus adherent was sitting on the edge of his seat.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
At Washington I am a healer and at home in my ward I am also a heeler!
"Cordwood" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
The ward heelers are usually the victors, because professionals have the advantage of amateurs.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
This accounts for his prostituting the high office Lincoln honored and resorting to methods that would shame a Bowery ward-heeler.
"Labor and Freedom" by Eugene V. Debs
The heelers were pretty savage, but that made no difference to him.
"The Other Fellow" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Slade had been a heeler for the gang.
"The Lash" by Olin L. Lyman
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In poetry:

The days of patriots have passed,
Their principles are dead,
The heeler has the sage outclassed
And sports a price per head.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
On rights, the people would not toss
A copper's head nor tail,
They'd rather, far, to know the "Boss"
Had drove a heeler's sale.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
And all the strumpets passing me,
And heelers of the Ward
Would glorified Madonnas be,
And angels of the Lord;
And all the brats in gutters grim
Be rosy cherubim.
"The Visionary" by Robert W Service

In news:

Lady Ann is a 2-year-old, black and white, heeler-pit bull mix.
The Californian was a heeler in team roping.
The red heeler and the pit bull never bit anyone, but together they were intimidating.
Lady Ann is a 2-year-old, black and white, heeler -pit bull mix.
Blue heelers are an Australian breed that is two-thirds feral dingo "I had this puppy who was very work oriented and needed something to think about, not just exercise," Jans said.
Herding Dog Group: Lancashire Heeler .
Jamie's dog Patches, a Blue Heeler , loved playing and rolling in the snow in Mukilteo.
Herding Dog Group: Lancashire Heeler.
Lost Australian Cattle dog (Blue Heeler).
"Rally" is a 1-year-old female Australian Cattle dog (blue heeler.
Recently retired Army major James "Jimmy" LaCaria says he was afraid to leave his apartment before he got Kaeci, his 5-year-old mixed Australian blue heeler and kelpi service dog.
The convention party is the reward for ward heelers.
Daisy is a Red Heeler mix.
0The Harlingen Humane Society is featuring " Diamond " a female Blue Heeler during this week's Pet of the Week segment.
Toby, a blue heeler and border collie mix, shows off his disc catching form on Aug 14 at Mix Park.
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