wheeler-dealer

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wheel·er-deal·er

(wē′lər-dē′lər, hwē′-)
n. Informal
One who advances one's own interests by canny, aggressive, or unscrupulous behavior.
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wheeler-dealer

n
informal a person who wheels and deals
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wheel′er-deal′er

or wheel′er and deal′er,



n.
a clever or crafty person who devises intricate, highly profitable schemes and transactions, as in business or politics.
[1950–55]
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Translations

wheeler-dealer

[ˈwiːləˌdiːləʳ] Nchanchullero/a m/f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

wheeler-dealer

hwiːlərˈdiːlər] n (= dishonest negotiator) → magouilleur/euse m/f, affairiste mf
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

wheeler-dealer

n (inf)Schlitzohr nt (inf), → gerissener Typ (inf); (in finance also) → Geschäftemacher(in) m(f)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

wheeler-dealer

[ˈwiːləˌdiːləʳ] ntrafficone/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in periodicals archive ?
DEL BOYS & DEALERS (BBC1, 9pm) IF you think you can sell an old watch, a hearse or three hundred bags of fake polystyrene snowballs, then jack in your day job and join the wheelers and dealers featured here.
Cutting Edge's Rogue Males claimed to show tough inner-city wheelers and dealers scratching out a living.
In his 1974 Pulitzer Prize winning The Power Broker, Robert Caro tells the story of the unmaking of 20th century New York City by its political wheelers and dealers. In one scene, Caro outlines how, following the 1950 resignation of mayor William O'Dwyer, the city got saddled with a successor of dubious merit:
Some publicity-shy players are revered in the industry for having orchestrated some of the city's biggest deals: Lloyd Goldman, Jeffrey Feil and Joseph Cayre, for example, are spoken of in reverential tones by commercial brokers as high-powered, big-money wheelers and dealers. Still others are the stuff of local legends.
Imagine a commissioner who lets the wheelers and dealers know exactly what is going to happen to them if they are caught playing tricks with the law of the league.