- on the right.
- of, for, or with the right hand.
- most reliable, valuable, or useful, as a helper or assistant.
- Also right-handed. Building Trades.
- (of a door) having the hinges on the right when seen from the exterior of the building, room, closet, etc., to which the doorway leads.
- (of a casement sash) having the hinges on the right when seen from inside the window.
Origin of right-hand
adj. use of right hand
- the hand that is on the right side, or the side opposite that where the heart is.
- the right side, as of a person, especially this side considered as the side of precedence or courtesy.
- a position of honor or special trust.
- an extremely efficient or reliable person or, sometimes, tool, especially a person considered as one's assistant.
Origin of right hand
before 1000; Middle English; Old English
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Examples from the Web for right-hand
Or this: the right-hand side of the body is more honorable and therefore hotter than the left.Why Aristotle Deserves A Posthumous Nobel
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The right-hand man of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was killed by an airstrike in Mosul.Pentagon Denies It Killed ISIS Chief As Airstrikes Hit Top Extremists
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As Schaeffer grew more strident and political, his son was his right-hand man.Frank Schaeffer, the Atheist Who Believes in God
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Click on one and the right-hand carousel of related videos fills with a dozen more just like it.Parents of Stillborn Babies Post Hundreds of Memorials to YouTube
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Someone else mimed how Marlowe, portrayed as a right-hand finger, was stabbed, after a struggle, by his left-hand opponent.Robert Pinsky: The Comedy of Seamus Heaney
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He turned his back on Belle Langdon and went down the right-hand steps.Thoroughbreds
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He remembered that the pilocarpin was at the right-hand end--or was it the left?The Leopard Woman
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Only, Miss, one of the fingers of your right-hand, if you please to look at it.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Find the 317th page, Davy, and begin at the top of the right-hand column.The Village Watch-Tower
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To lose you, sir, would be like losing the house's right-hand.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- of, relating to, located on, or moving towards the righta right-hand bend; this car has right-hand drive
- for use by the right hand; right-handed
- right-hand man one's most valuable assistant or supporter
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Word Origin and History for right-hand
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