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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. 2018.
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  • Hastily he uncorked the left-hand bottle, and was immediately reassured.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • There are right-hand and left-hand errors which are equally dangerous.

  • This is also finely shown on the left-hand side of the Dryburgh.

  • On the left-hand panel, facing Fagerolles', he perceived Bongrand's picture.

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  • "I was told the left-hand door on the fourth floor," the young man resumed.

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  • This was situated in the left-hand corner of the pavilion, on the side of the Rue Rambuteau.

  • The left-hand apartment on this floor had as its tenant a Miss Norman.

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  • In his left-hand waistcoat pocket were two five-dollar notes.

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
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