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Lost in the wheelhouse...

Posted by JW on March 14, 2004

Does anyone know the origin of the phrase "right in my wheelhouse?"
Based on context, it seems to mean that something fits comfortably into an individual's area of expertise. I assume the metaphor came to be because the wheelhouse is where one navigates a boat -- i.e., a place where one is in control. Does anyone know how the phrase developed and came to enter common usage?