Posted by ESC on July 06, 2004
In Reply to: Right in his wheelhouse posted by ESC on July 06, 2004
: : What does that and "yank your chain" mean?
: : Thankx,
: : Vidhya.
: From a previous discussion:
: 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.
: Wheelhouse -- A hitter's power zone. Usually a pitch waist-high and over the heart of the plate.
: From http://www.delugeonline.com/baseball_lingo.html%20Accessed%20March%2015, 2004.
Yanking or jerking someone's chaing. My opinion: I believe this phrase comes from jerking a dog's chain which is very disturbing to the dog. Yanking someone's chain is doing something to purposely upset them.
("Pulling someone's coat" is alerting him or her to a problem.)