Definition of right hand in English:

right hand


  • 1The hand of a person's right side.

    • ‘Another technique is getting students to use both their left and right hands to draw.’
    • ‘Notice that he has positioned his right hand so that it's facing palm-down.’
    • ‘In many people, the overall macro-patterns on corresponding fingers of the left and right hands are roughly mirror images of each other.’
    • ‘At the time of the study, I was not interested in whether they used their left hands or their right hands, so I didn't record it.’
    • ‘One by one, they then filed up to a Book of the Gospels, placed their right hands on it and pronounced a second oath to keep their sessions secret.’
    • ‘People who agree with the statement raise their right hands, while people who disagree raise their left hands.’
    • ‘If the authorities took an extreme view of the matter, their right hands could also be surgically removed.’
    • ‘As he had with Christine, he leaned over her and attempted to move her head into the proper position when he felt a sudden burning pain in his right hand.’
    • ‘My right hand is for fine chopping, but the left is important because I use it to hold things and it takes a lot of weight.’
    • ‘Squeeze, then lower the weight back to the starting position and repeat with the right hand.’
    • ‘He also made them take an oath of loyalty, their right hands extended.’
    • ‘My left hand is in its usual high position on the shaft and my right hand holds the putter almost as if it were a paintbrush.’
    • ‘Two strong right hands met in a gentleman's agreement.’
    • ‘Your right index finger is the key to positioning your entire right hand correctly.’
    • ‘Most right-handed people feel more comfortable extending their right hands.’
    • ‘Normally, right-handed people would move their right hands about 60 percent of the time.’
    • ‘Switch your foot position and repeat with your right hand touching left heel.’
    • ‘The rings are then placed on the third fingers of their right hands.’
    • ‘She used a walking stick held in her right hand to assist her on her way into church and paused for a moment before entering.’
    • ‘Ryder's father automatically pulled his right hand from the front pocket of his pants and held it out to Harry.’
    1. 1.1 The region or direction on the right side of a person or thing:
      ‘a great wall loomed above the street on the right hand’
      • ‘These games tend to stand vertically and balls tend to be shot into the game from the bottom right hand underneath the playing area and then around to drop in from above left.’
    2. 1.2 The most important position next to someone:
      ‘the place of honour at his host's right hand’
      • ‘Ascension recognizes the separation of the Risen Lord from the disciples as he goes to dwell at the right hand of the Father.’
      • ‘The man who had led her here now pulled out one of the tall-backed chairs for her, directly at Crowford's right hand.’
      • ‘He is now living in heaven at the right hand of the Father, in a glorified body.’
      • ‘The Son returns to the Father's bosom, though not as yet to abide there beyond all worlds and to sit on the right hand of the Father as in the glorious ascension.’
      • ‘Sitting at the right hand of Malachi was a coveted position, and so far she was the only one who had succeeded in keeping it.’
      • ‘Dobbs was at Mrs Thatcher's right-hand side as she stepped into Downing Street and was a key aide to John Major when he was voted out.’
      • ‘On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father.’
      • ‘One of the significant theories that Francis expounds is about the person on the right hand side of Jesus.’
      • ‘We are asked to contemplate the vision of the Son at the right hand of the Father in glory and the Holy Spirit about to break forth upon us.’
      • ‘Christ is our intercessor at the right hand of the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the advocate in our heart.’
      • ‘This Jesus who ate and drank with the lost and outcast now sits in glory at the right hand of God.’
      • ‘When Jesus ascended to the right hand of God the Father, he completed the course he began when he took on human flesh.’
      • ‘He then after the resurrection was exalted to the right hand of God, his prior position before he came as a man.’
    3. 1.3 An efficient or indispensable assistant:
      ‘she could have helped him, been her father's right hand’
      • ‘I excused myself, but I didn't think anyone, except the director's right hand woman really noticed.’
      • ‘Prince Gualtero has captained his own ship and Sullivan Trooper has been his right hand in both battles and enterprise.’
      • ‘She plays the role of her managing director's right hand and is capable of running the office in his absence, according to Stadler.’
      • ‘She became an indispensable right hand to Mekas, helping to set up screenings around the country and in Europe.’
      • ‘The first owner of this tea house had once been the right hand assistant of Kiyoshima.’
      accomplice, confederate, accessory, collaborator, fellow conspirator, right hand, right-hand man, right-hand woman, helper, abetter
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    4. 1.4 (in South Africa) the most important (in traditional Zulu society) or second most important (in traditional Xhosa society) branch of a family, especially a royal one:
      [as modifier] ‘the chief of Shixini is a direct descendant of early Xhosa chiefs in the right-hand house’


  • 1[attributive] On or towards the right side of a person or thing:

    ‘the top right-hand corner’
    • ‘This would remove the possibility of me putting her in check, but I would then be in a position to capture a rook from the right hand corner of the board.’
    • ‘Many elderly people find it hard to negotiate the pavements on the right hand side of the road going from the Green down through the village.’
    • ‘Each one featured the full name, address and postcode of the recipient and a first class stamp in the top right hand corner.’
    • ‘The TrackPoint is located on the upper right hand corner of the base.’
    • ‘He confidently stuck it away in the top right hand corner, prompting wild scenes of celebration at the 3-1 win.’
    • ‘The surgery has left the 32-year-old temporarily paralysed on the right-hand side of his body.’
    • ‘About five hundred yards down this lane it forks, and for those pegs around the weir you should take the right hand fork, parking near the footbridge that crosses the canal by the weir.’
    • ‘On the lower right hand corner of your screen is the latest radar as Dennis is battering now Cuba's south-central coast.’
    • ‘Traffic in the right hand lane conceals the signage as currently positioned.’
    • ‘Mine is housed on the cabin's right hand bulkhead directly in front of me when steering for instant visual contact.’
    • ‘His innovation was to produce universal door frames that could be hung either on the left-hand or right-hand side.’
    • ‘Kieron Dyer, that star of the tabloid front pages, was first to endear himself to the Newcastle public by refusing to play on the right hand side of midfield.’
    • ‘In the right hand corner you can see a model of what the original installation looked like when it was exhibited in Prague.’
    • ‘Many visitors arriving at Knock International come from countries where people drive on the right hand side of the road.’
    • ‘He said he had entered the right hand carriageway to turn into Station Road and had been flashed across by other drivers.’
    • ‘Follow the path up through a forestry plantation, keeping to the right hand or south side of the burn.’
    • ‘So I ran the axis such that the best position is in the upper right hand part of the graph, and the worst position is in the lower left.’
    • ‘Apart from two stray kicks, the Borderer was faultless in defence and in attack his dangerous outside break in the first half almost set up a try for Budge Pountney in the right hand corner.’
    • ‘The cursor was sitting on the bottom left corner of the screen, so Tony fixed his eyes at a point on the top right hand corner.’
    • ‘Do not hide prices away in the background and if your site is a larger one, put a search engine somewhere obvious, like the top right hand corner.’
    right-hand, dextral, at three o'clock
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    1. 1.1 Done with or using the right hand:
      ‘wild right-hand punches’
      • ‘He punched in a few numbers with his right-hand thumb and put the phone to his ear.’
      • ‘He is a right-hand batsman and slow left-arm bowler who may well pose problems for premier division batsmen.’
      • ‘After a fierce exchange in the fourth, Cook stepped in with a right-hand lead punch before stepping back out of range.’
      • ‘Julien, who played for Kent as well as T&T, was a lively left-arm fast bowler and an attacking right-hand batsman.’
      • ‘The stylish right-hand batsman was sent home only three days before the start of a triangular series.’


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