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  1. on or to the left: a left-hand turn at the intersection.
  2. of, for, or with the left hand.
  3. Building Trades.
    1. (of a door) having the hinges on the left 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 left when seen from inside the window.
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Origin of left-hand

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200
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Contemporary Examples of left-hand

Historical Examples of left-hand

  • Hastily he uncorked the left-hand bottle, and was immediately reassured.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • There are right-hand and left-hand errors which are equally dangerous.

  • This is also finely shown on the left-hand side of the Dryburgh.

  • On the left-hand panel, facing Fagerolles', he perceived Bongrand's picture.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • "I was told the left-hand door on the fourth floor," the young man resumed.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for left-hand


adjective (prenominal)
  1. of, relating to, located on, or moving towards the leftthis car is left-hand drive; a left-hand bend
  2. for use by the left hand; left-handed
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