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right-hand man

an indispensable or invaluable assistant; right hand.
Origin of right-hand man
First recorded in 1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When Gissibl couldn't attend, his right-hand man Leibl acted for him.

    Secret Armies John L. Spivak
  • On the whole, he might be esteemed the duke's right-hand man.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • I called my right-hand man of the crew and told him my situation.

    Admiral Farragut A. T. Mahan
  • Joe Baldwin became his right-hand man and constant attendant.

    Under the Waves R M Ballantyne
  • Jerry is my right-hand man and I like to give him pleasure when I can.

    Walter and the Wireless Sara Ware Bassett
Idioms and Phrases with right-hand man

right-hand man

Also,right-hand woman. A trusted helper, as in Give it to Jill, she's my right-hand man. Based on the idea that in most people the right hand is the stronger of the two, this idiom today usually disregards gender, as in the example. However, in the the 17th and 18th centuries it also meant a soldier in a post of command on the right side of a cavalry unit, and then always denoted a man. [ c. 1800 ]
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