the word you use when you say "its right up my alley"


its inside my _______.

it means collection of interest or range of interest.

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    Welcome to ELU. I'm not sure there's enough information here. Have you looked anything up yourself? What words is it not? Do you know about the online Reverse Dictionary? Are any of the words there what you want? Click purview: how about those synonyms?
    – Andrew Leach
    Jun 27 '20 at 11:09
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    Your question should include more details and clarify the problem. Do you want a formal or informal word - is it business or casual? Who are you saying this to, and why? What sort of "interest" is this. As an aside "inside is unlikely to be correct except in the most formal of circumstances - I would expect "it is within..."
    – Greybeard
    Jun 27 '20 at 11:09

A term heard often in sports is "it's right in his wheelhouse", which the source (TFD) defines as:

In, related to, or matching someone's general interests, abilities, or area of familiarity; in someone's comfort zone.

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    "it's right in his wheelhouse" seems to be an American English expression taken from baseball. I have never heard it in British English -> Baseball broadcasters on radio could be dramatic and talky, but their adjectives were quite scholarly. Oh, they'd talk about a batter trying to get a pitch in his "wheelhouse" or the "southpaw slants" of a pitcher, or of saying "laying the lumber. "I Hid it Under the Sheets: Growing Up with Radio" Gerald Eskenazi 2005
    – Greybeard
    Jun 27 '20 at 13:11
  • The earliest reference I have found is 1986: Baseball's 50 Greatest Games - Page 23 by Bert Randolph Sugar - *Now , as Maz bisected the plate with his bat , at one and the same time calling for a pitch right there in his wheelhouse *
    – Greybeard
    Jun 27 '20 at 13:23
  • The cricketing equivalent is probably 'hitting zone', but here's at least one Brit who's going to make use of '[right] in X's wheelhouse'. Jun 27 '20 at 13:58
  • @Greybeard - I first heard this perhaps 15 years ago, oddly enough in relation to boxing, and since then it's popped up in non sports-related areas as well.
    – Jim Mack
    Jun 27 '20 at 14:05

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