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1On or towards the right and the left; on both sides; in both directions.
2Informal. In or from all directions; on all sides; indiscriminately, haphazardly; prodigiously.
Characterized by movement to both right and left; suitable for, characterized by, or involving both the right and the left hands, sides, etc.
1Shooting. A shot from both barrels of a double-barrelled shotgun; (also) an instance of hitting game with the shots from both barrels.
2Boxing. An attack consisting of a blow delivered with the right hand followed by a blow delivered with the left hand.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Cursor Mundi: a Northumbrian poem of the 14th century. From right + and + left.
right and left/ˌrʌɪt ən(d) ˈlɛft/
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