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lefty1

[lef-tee] /ˈlɛf ti/
noun, plural lefties. Informal.
1.
a left-handed person.
2.
a leftist.
Also, leftie.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; left1 + -y2

lefty2

[lef-tee] /ˈlɛf ti/
adjective
2.
leftist; left-wing.
adverb
3.
with the left hand; in a left-handed manner:
He bats lefty.
Origin
1885-90; left1 + -y1

Grove

[grohv] /groʊv/
noun
1.
Sir George, 1820–1900, English musicologist.
2.
Robert Moses ("Lefty") 1900–75, U.S. baseball player.

Carlton

[kahrl-tuh n] /ˈkɑrl tən/
noun
1.
Stephen Norman ("Steve"; "Lefty") born 1944, U.S. baseball player.
2.
a male given name.
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Examples for lefty
  • Advertisers--certain ones, anyway--will be falling all over themselves to reach this lefty audience.
  • lefty pitchers stay in demand because they can reverse that visual effect-left-handed hitters see the ball start out behind them.
  • In other words, the more primitive the primate, the more likely it is to be a lefty.
  • Vegans, homeopaths, and anti-pesticide evangelists join the other small covens of anti-science with lefty leanings.
  • Since he's out of options, the lefty will make the team as a reliever if he doesn't win a spot in the rotation.
  • He's still a lefty in a park that suppresses lefty power by half.
  • Newspapers seized on the report, as did lefty economists, who warned of dire consequences for growth and incomes.
  • As always, the best a lefty can do to win an argument, shut their opponents up.
  • And watch your comment get deleted by moderators of the economist as soon as they spot it, or some lefty flags it.
  • If he were not, it would be easy to typecast him as a lefty tree-hugger.
British Dictionary definitions for lefty

lefty

/ˈlɛftɪ/
noun (informal) (pl) lefties
1.
a left-winger
2.
(mainly US & Canadian) a left-handed person

Carlton

/ˈkɑːltən/
noun
1.
a town in N central England, in S Nottinghamshire. Pop: 48 493 (2001)

grove

/ɡrəʊv/
noun
1.
a small wooded area or plantation
2.
  1. a road lined with houses and often trees, esp in a suburban area
  2. (capital as part of a street name) Ladbroke Grove
Word Origin
Old English grāf; related to grǣfa thicket, greave, Norwegian greivla to intertwine
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Word Origin and History for lefty
n.

"left-handed person," 1886, American English, baseball slang, from left + -y (3). Political sense by 1935.

grove

n.

Old English graf "grove, copse" (akin to græafa "thicket"), from Proto-Germanic *graibo-, but not certainly found in other Germanic languages and with no known cognates anywhere else.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lefty

lefty

modifier
  1. : a lefty hurler/ leftie tennis acen
  2. A left-handed person, esp a left-handed pitcher or other athlete (1886+)
  3. A person of liberal or socialist political beliefs; radical; liberal: such urban lefties as Bella Abzug (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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lefty in the Bible

(1.) Heb. 'asherah, properly a wooden image, or a pillar representing Ashtoreth, a sensual Canaanitish goddess, probably usually set up in a grove (2 Kings 21:7; 23:4). In the Revised Version the word "Asherah" (q.v.) is introduced as a proper noun, the name of the wooden symbol of a goddess, with the plurals Asherim (Ex. 34:13) and Asheroth (Judg. 3:13). The LXX. have rendered _asherah_ in 2 Chr. 15:16 by "Astarte." The Vulgate has done this also in Judg. 3:7. (2.) Heb. 'eshel (Gen. 21:33). In 1 Sam. 22:6 and 31:13 the Authorized Version renders this word by "tree." In all these passages the Revised Version renders by "tamarisk tree." It has been identified with the Tamariscus orientalis, five species of which are found in Palestine. (3.) The Heb. word 'elon, uniformly rendered in the Authorized Version by "plain," properly signifies a grove or plantation. In the Revised Version it is rendered, pl., "oaks" (Gen. 13:18; 14:13; 18:1; 12:6; Deut. 11:30; Josh. 19:33). In the earliest times groves are mentioned in connection with religious worship. The heathen consecrated groves to particular gods, and for this reason they were forbidden to the Jews (Jer. 17:3; Ezek. 20:28).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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