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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 of right-hand
adj. use of right hand

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
before 1000; Middle English; Old English
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  • The editor's eye glanced at the second right-hand drawer of his desk.

  • "The right-hand side is the starboard side," repeated several of the boys.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • Footsteps shook the zinc sheets that covered it, moving between the right-hand side of the house and the edge of the skylight.

    The Golden Triangle Maurice Leblanc
  • Half fearfully he glanced towards the door on the right-hand side.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • There was still one more mistake to make, however, and she promptly made it, attempting to pass through the right-hand swing-door.

    The Guests Of Hercules C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
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

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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