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.
Other definitions for right-hand (2 of 2)
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.
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How to use right hand in a sentence
During the airing of the new security camera footage, Cassidy was clearly troubled, his right hand alternating between his temple and his mouth.Republican senators show emotion, but little evidence of changed minds | Seung Min Kim, Karoun Demirjian | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
It then takes half a second — maybe less — for the grounder to travel into his glove, between his legs and to his right hand before he flicks the ball to a second baseman off-screen.The Nationals’ top international signing wows with his glove, and the team is bullish on his bat, too | Jesse Dougherty | January 19, 2021 | Washington Post
At one point, the warrant says, he moves the cup from his left hand to his right hand.Proud Boys leader barred from District by judge following his arrest | Peter Hermann, Keith L. Alexander | January 6, 2021 | Washington Post
The rear and front brake controls are in their usual spots—engaged using your right foot, and right hand, respectively.I rode an electric motorcycle for the first time. Here’s what I learned. | Rob Verger | December 10, 2020 | Popular-Science
In his right hand is a longbow with the word “Persistence” burned into the riser.Can a hunter outrun an antelope? This ultra-marathoner is finding out. | By Christine Peterson/Outdoor Life | November 23, 2020 | Popular-Science
He was holding up a paper as a woman approached with a child on her left hip, pushing an empty stroller with her right hand.
Or this: the right-hand side of the body is more honorable and therefore hotter than the left.
But the accent is just as clearly Trinidadian as he cracks jokes about a severed head he holds by the hair in his right hand.
He holds up his right hand—“A short chop right above the bridge of the nose”—and gives up a laugh.
The trooper reached with her right hand for her expandable baton.The Muslim Convert Behind America’s First Workplace Beheading | Michael Daly | September 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She is quite true, but not wise, and your left hand must not know what your right hand is doing.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
During this conversation Harry's right hand was resting beneath his jacket, grasping the butt of his revolver.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
In fact a spot of blood, slightly larger than that which had appeared before, showed plainly upon the Professor's right hand.Uncanny Tales | Various
In fact, on the Professor's right hand there showed a drop of blood, perceptibly larger this time than before.Uncanny Tales | Various
MacRae's heels clicked together and his right hand went up in the stiff military salute.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for right-hand
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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