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right hand

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.
Origin of right hand
before 1000; Middle English; Old English


[rahyt-hand] /ˈraɪtˈhænd/
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.
  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.
adj. use of right hand Unabridged
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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


adjective (prenominal)
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for right hand

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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