right hand

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  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.

  1. a position of honor or special trust.

  2. an extremely efficient or reliable person or, sometimes, tool, especially a person considered as one's assistant.

Origin of right hand

before 1000; Middle English; Old English

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Other definitions for right-hand (2 of 2)

[ rahyt-hand ]

  1. on the right.

  2. of, for, or with the right hand.

  1. most reliable, valuable, or useful, as a helper or assistant.

  2. 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.

Origin of right-hand

adj. use of right hand

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British Dictionary definitions for right-hand


  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

  1. right-hand man one's most valuable assistant or supporter

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