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right-hand

[rahyt-hand] /ˈraɪtˈhænd/
adjective
1.
on the right.
2.
of, for, or with the right hand.
3.
most reliable, valuable, or useful, as a helper or assistant.
5.
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

noun
1.
the hand that is on the right side, or the side opposite that where the heart is.
2.
the right side, as of a person, especially this side considered as the side of precedence or courtesy.
3.
a position of honor or special trust.
4.
an extremely efficient or reliable person or, sometimes, tool, especially a person considered as one's assistant.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English; Old English
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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.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Find the 317th page, Davy, and begin at the top of the right-hand column.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • To lose you, sir, would be like losing the house's right-hand.

British Dictionary definitions for right-hand

right-hand

adjective (prenominal)
1.
of, relating to, located on, or moving towards the right: a right-hand bend, this car has right-hand drive
2.
for use by the right hand; right-handed
3.
right-hand man, one's most valuable assistant or supporter
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Word Origin and History for right-hand

right hand

n.

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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