right hand
noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. the hand on a person's right side b. an indispensable person 2. a. the right side b. a place of honor

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Right hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Right-hand — a. 1. Situated or being on the right; nearer the right hand than the left; as, the right hand side, room, or road. [1913 Webster] 2. Chiefly relied on; almost indispensable. [1913 Webster] Mr. Alexander Truncheon, who is their right hand man in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • right-hand — right ,hand adjective only before noun 1. ) on the right or toward the right of someone or something: I sleep on the right hand side of the bed. the third paragraph of the right hand column 2. ) designed or intended for the right hand: a right… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • right-hand — adj [only before noun] on the right side of something ≠ ↑left hand ▪ the right hand side of the body top/bottom right hand corner ▪ the bottom right hand corner of the page …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • right-hand — [rīt′hand′] adj. 1. being on or directed toward the right 2. of, for, or with the right hand 3. most helpful or reliable [the president s right hand man] 4. plain laid …   English World dictionary

  • right hand — ► NOUN 1) the hand of a person s right side. 2) the region or direction on the right side. 3) the most important position next to someone. ► ADJECTIVE 1) on or towards the right side. 2) done with or using the right hand …   English terms dictionary

  • right-hand — right hand; right hand·er; right hand·wise; …   English syllables

  • right-hand — right′ hand′ adj. 1) located on the right 2) right handed 3) being of great assistance: my right hand man[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • right hand — n 1) the hand on a person s right side 2) the right side …   Medical dictionary

  • right-hand — rīt .hand adj 1) situated on the right 2) RIGHT HANDED …   Medical dictionary

  • right hand — right′ hand′ n. 1) the hand on a person s right side 2) the right side 3) a position of honor or special trust 4) a very valuable person …   From formal English to slang

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