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man, one regarded with disapproval; a cad.
(1) Francis Harrigan (John Payne to Katie Blaine (Alice Faye) in Tin Pan Alley (1940): ' I was a heel from the ground up.'
(2) Capt. John Pringle (John Lund) to Phoebe Frost (Jean Arthur) in A Foreign Affair (1948): ' I'm a heel, a certified heel. I've got papers to prove it.'
(3) Jonathan Fields (Kirk Douglas) in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952): ' He wasn't a heel, he was the heel.'
Usage: heel the boat
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