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right hand

noun
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.
3.
a position of honor or special trust.
4.
an extremely efficient or reliable person or, sometimes, tool, especially a person considered as one's assistant.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English

right-hand

[rahyt-hand] /ˈraɪtˈhænd/
adjective
1.
on the right.
2.
of, for, or with the right hand.
3.
most reliable, valuable, or useful, as a helper or assistant.
5.
Also, right-handed. Building Trades.
  1. (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.
  2. (of a casement sash) having the hinges on the right when seen from inside the window.
Origin
adj. use of right hand
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Examples from the web for right hand
  • In the last photo, on the beach in the right hand corner, there is a surfer and his dog.
  • His left hand mimics a big structure collapsing violently on the back of the right hand.
  • Maybe the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.
  • Start twisting the torso to the right, with the right hand on the floor behind you and the left elbow against the left thigh.
  • Yesterday he ate soup in a restaurant with his right hand.
  • Work two tablespoons of butter into flour with the tips of fingers of the right hand.
  • If the palm of your right hand itches, it betokens that you are going to receive money.
  • Reaching its right hand forth to greet the starry race.
  • Outside of the frame, to the upper-right hand side, is the sun.
  • The sprinkle of magic comes in the form of panes on the left and right hand sides of the main browser bar.
British Dictionary definitions for right hand

right-hand

adjective (prenominal)
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
3.
right-hand man, one's most valuable assistant or supporter
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Word Origin and History for right hand
n.

Old English rihthand; see right (adj.2) + hand (n.). Figurative for "indispensable person," 1520s; right-hand man first attested 1660s. Right-handed attested from late 14c.

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