Definition of right hand in English:

right hand


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

    • ‘If the authorities took an extreme view of the matter, their right hands could also be surgically removed.’
    • ‘Normally, right-handed people would move their right hands about 60 percent of the time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Squeeze, then lower the weight back to the starting position and repeat with the right hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Switch your foot position and repeat with your right hand touching left heel.’
    • ‘People who agree with the statement raise their right hands, while people who disagree raise their left hands.’
    • ‘He also made them take an oath of loyalty, their right hands extended.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most right-handed people feel more comfortable extending their right hands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Notice that he has positioned his right hand so that it's facing palm-down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ryder's father automatically pulled his right hand from the front pocket of his pants and held it out to Harry.’
    • ‘Another technique is getting students to use both their left and right hands to draw.’
    • ‘In many people, the overall macro-patterns on corresponding fingers of the left and right hands are roughly mirror images of each other.’
    • ‘Your right index finger is the key to positioning your entire right hand correctly.’
    • ‘The rings are then placed on the third fingers of their right hands.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘He is now living in heaven at the right hand of the Father, in a glorified body.’
      • ‘The man who had led her here now pulled out one of the tall-backed chairs for her, directly at Crowford's right hand.’
      • ‘Christ is our intercessor at the right hand of the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the advocate in our heart.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When Jesus ascended to the right hand of God the Father, he completed the course he began when he took on human flesh.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ascension recognizes the separation of the Risen Lord from the disciples as he goes to dwell at the right hand of the Father.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He then after the resurrection was exalted to the right hand of God, his prior position before he came as a man.’
      • ‘This Jesus who ate and drank with the lost and outcast now sits in glory at the right hand of God.’
      • ‘One of the significant theories that Francis expounds is about the person on the right hand side of Jesus.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 An efficient or indispensable assistant.
      ‘she could have helped him, been her father's right hand’
      • ‘She became an indispensable right hand to Mekas, helping to set up screenings around the country and in Europe.’
      • ‘She plays the role of her managing director's right hand and is capable of running the office in his absence, according to Stadler.’
      • ‘Prince Gualtero has captained his own ship and Sullivan Trooper has been his right hand in both battles and enterprise.’
      • ‘I excused myself, but I didn't think anyone, except the director's right hand woman really noticed.’
      • ‘The first owner of this tea house had once been the right hand assistant of Kiyoshima.’
      accomplice, confederate, accessory, collaborator, fellow conspirator, 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’


  • 1attributive On or towards the right side of a person or thing.

    ‘the top right-hand corner’
    • ‘The TrackPoint is located on the upper right hand corner of the base.’
    • ‘In the right hand corner you can see a model of what the original installation looked like when it was exhibited in Prague.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The surgery has left the 32-year-old temporarily paralysed on the right-hand side of his body.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many visitors arriving at Knock International come from countries where people drive on the right hand side of the road.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each one featured the full name, address and postcode of the recipient and a first class stamp in the top right hand corner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the lower right hand corner of your screen is the latest radar as Dennis is battering now Cuba's south-central coast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Follow the path up through a forestry plantation, keeping to the right hand or south side of the burn.’
    • ‘He confidently stuck it away in the top right hand corner, prompting wild scenes of celebration at the 3-1 win.’
    • ‘His innovation was to produce universal door frames that could be hung either on the left-hand or right-hand side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said he had entered the right hand carriageway to turn into Station Road and had been flashed across by other drivers.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is a right-hand batsman and slow left-arm bowler who may well pose problems for premier division batsmen.’
      • ‘He punched in a few numbers with his right-hand thumb and put the phone to his ear.’


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