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[rahyt-hand] /ˈraɪtˈhænd/
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.
  1. (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.
  2. (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

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.
before 1000; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He turned his back on Belle Langdon and went down the right-hand steps.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • He remembered that the pilocarpin was at the right-hand end--or was it the left?

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Only, Miss, one of the fingers of your right-hand, if you please to look at it.

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  • Find the 317th page, Davy, and begin at the top of the right-hand column.

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  • To lose you, sir, would be like losing the house's right-hand.

British Dictionary definitions for right-hand


adjective (prenominal)
of, relating to, located on, or moving towards the right: a 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

right hand


Old English rihthand; see right (adj.2) + hand (n.). Figurative for "indispensable person," 1520s; right-hand man first attested 1660s. Right-handed attested from late 14c.

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