Posted by Brian from Shawnee on March 15, 2004
In Reply to: Take it into the wheelhouse posted by ESC on March 15, 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?
: I don't know. But I read a similar phrase and was wondering what it meant. I am guessing that it has to do with navigation.
: TAKE IT INTO THE WHEELHOUSE - ".we're going to take it into this administration's supposed wheelhouse." From "Had Enough: A Handbook for Fighting Back" by James Carville with Jeff Nussbaum (Simon & Schuster, New York, 2003) Page 30.
"Right in his wheelhouse" is a common expression in U.S. baseball, though I don't know how old it is, or if it originated as a sports expression.
In baseball, it refers to the location of a pitch that makes it easy to hit for a particular batter.