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[left-han-der, -han-] /ˈlɛftˈhæn dər, -ˌhæn-/
a person who is left-handed, especially a baseball pitcher who throws with the left hand.
Informal. a slap or punch delivered with the left hand.
Origin of left-hander
First recorded in 1860-65; left-hand + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for left-hander
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  • The Grizzly was surprised; but he replied with a left-hander that knocked her over like a sack of hay.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • The left-hander prefers to take the inside engagement, that is to say quarte.

    Secrets of the Sword Csar Lecat de Bazancourt
  • The Giants never regard Sallee as a left-hander with men on the bases.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • He gave Wood a left-hander in the region of the heart which staggered him.

  • The first man up, a left-hander, rapped a hard twisting liner to right field.

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
  • It was an impossible run, and the left-hander stood, in startled dismay, a few steps outside the crease.

    The Lonely Unicorn Alec Waugh
  • Unless the left-hander were got out at once there seemed to be no chance of winning; this fact the village appreciated.

    The Lonely Unicorn Alec Waugh
  • But he soon made a change in pitchers, and called on Tooley, who also was a left-hander.

  • Rutter had superb control for a left-hander, and he showed a most dazzling assortment of curves and slants.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King

    Lester Chadwick
  • You see, Skip hit him in the face, an' then come in with a left-hander; but Teddy warded it off, and then Skip run.

    Teddy and Carrots

    James Otis
British Dictionary definitions for left-hander


a blow with the left hand
a left-handed person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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