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[left-hand] /ˈlɛftˈhænd/
on or to the left:
a left-hand turn at the intersection.
of, for, or with the left hand.
Building Trades.
  1. (of a door) having the hinges on the left when seen from the exterior of the building, room, closet, etc., to which the doorway leads.
  2. (of a casement sash) having the hinges on the left when seen from inside the window.
Origin of left-hand
Middle English word dating back to 1150-1200 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The left foot is placed in the iron assisted by the left hand, if needed.

  • The general caught it on the back of his left hand, covering it with his right.

    The Golden Judge Nathaniel Gordon
  • He does not, he cannot stop to see what his left hand is doing.

    The Everett massacre Walker C. Smith
  • He had no fork, but used the fingers of his left hand instead.

    The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • In his left hand he holdeth a golden crozier, and in his right hand he useth a pair of goldsmith's tongs.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
British Dictionary definitions for left hand


adjective (prenominal)
of, relating to, located on, or moving towards the left: this car is left-hand drive, a left-hand bend
for use by the left hand; left-handed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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