Definition of right wing in English:

right wing


  • 1The conservative or reactionary section of a political party or system.

    ‘a candidate from the right wing of the party’
    • ‘This Republican right wing wields political power far beyond its popular support.’
    • ‘Its politics are essentially those of people like Norman Tebbit on the right wing of the Tory party.’
    • ‘The right wing of the Republican Party overreached themselves on that one but they are better prepared this time around.’
    • ‘Although he was on the right wing of the party, he did not leave it in 1981 when others did.’
    • ‘Speaking this week to the Democratic Leadership Council's annual conference, Clinton presented herself as a centrist capable of uniting the left and right wings of the Democratic party.’
    • ‘The political coup by the radical right wing has already begun to provoke a political response from below.’
    • ‘Voves stands on the right wing of the social democrats, having entered politics as a novice from the business world.’
    • ‘Both are conservative politicians with roots in the right wing of the Solidarity movement.’
    • ‘The book is innovative and does much to explain the development of a radical right wing in Polish political life during the twentieth century.’
    • ‘The working people must build their own political party to defeat the intrigues of the right wing and defend their basic rights.’
    • ‘The right wing of the Conservative Party is unwilling to enter Europe, and the symptoms have spread to Hearts.’
    • ‘She tried thereby to take the wind from the sails of Roland Koch, the representative of the right wing of the party.’
    • ‘In fact, the right wing in the Liberal Party is based around former student politicians.’
    • ‘And on the other hand by making a moral issue of it she is virtually playing into the hands of the right wing and other reactionary elements!’
    • ‘On the domestic side, however, he seems to have placated the right wing of the Republican Party.’
    • ‘In 1982 important sections of the right wing went from Labour to form the Social Democratic Party.’
    • ‘The real reason, of course, was the opposition from the radical right wing of the Republican Party.’
    • ‘His move to a constitutional amendment demonstrates that when the going gets tough, he caves to the right wing of his party.’
    • ‘Laurent Fabius, from the right wing of the Socialist Party, argued in a similar fashion in his stand against the constitution.’
    • ‘As a Social Democrat firmly situated on the right wing of the party, he pushed ahead with the expansion and restructuring of the army.’
  • 2The right side of a team on the field in soccer, rugby, and field hockey.

    ‘he reverted to his normal position on the right wing’
    • ‘They enjoy a spate of possession down the right wing starring an amazing cameo from Mills and his absurd mix of skilful jinks and hopeless close control.’
    • ‘Thierry Henry takes on and beats Sergio down the right wing.’
    • ‘The referee awards Ukraine a free-kick out on the right wing.’
    • ‘A high ball was launched into the goalmouth from the right wing.’
    • ‘The position on the right wing where he had played all his life, and where he excelled, was already occupied by former world player of the year Luis Figo.’
    • ‘Portugal win a free-kick on the right wing which is lobbed straight into Nikopolidis's air-space.’
    • ‘Sergio squeezes a ball down the right wing towards Valeron.’
    • ‘I'm a centre midfielder but sometimes I played on the right wing or left wing for Blackburn.’
    • ‘Sweden's Mattias Jonson does well to get in a good cross from the right wing, but it's too high for Freddie Ljungberg to get his head to.’
    • ‘Rommedahl takes on Sarr down the right wing but loses the ball.’
    • ‘Derlei attacks down the right wing and wins a corner for Porto.’
    • ‘Alessandro Costacurta crosses from the right wing, but Francesco Toldo plucks the ball safely from the air.’
    • ‘Unmarked in the box, Aruna slots home a low cross from Wilhelmsson, who sauntered down the right wing unchallenged.’
    • ‘Solano lofts a peach of a pass up the right wing for Dyer.’
    • ‘Karel Poborsky drives the ensuing free-kick from the right wing across the edge of the Greek six yard box.’
    • ‘Great ball from Zambrotta, whose long pass down the right wing is volleyed ridiculously high and wide by Iaquinta.’
    • ‘It was a needlessly conceded free-kick out on the right wing, and as it was sent in across the edge of the six-yard box, the Milan players were queuing up to nod it home.’
    • ‘Ah, I speak too soon; Cole gifts the ball to Tofting on the right wing, although his deep cross is a waste of everyone's time.’
    • ‘Out on the right wing, Stuttgart win a free-kick on the edge of the Rangers box.’
    • ‘Ryan Casey put Galway ahead after just five minutes when his free kick from the right wing deceived Declan Kilkelly in the Mayo goal.’
    1. 2.1 The right side of an army.
      ‘at Austerlitz in 1805 he commanded the right wing of the Allied army’
      • ‘In addition, military planners weakened the right wing by flirting with a double-wing envelopment.’
      • ‘He ordered his archers to ready their bows as the right wing of the Chin army came within range.’
      • ‘The mission of the centre armies, south-east of Metz, was to support the right wing by fixing as many French forces in Lorraine as possible.’
      • ‘Only the right wing of the Hanoverian army, led by Maj Gen Huske and Brig Cholmondley, held.’
      • ‘That created a favorable situation for a counterattack by the right wing of the Central Front.’


  • Conservative or reactionary.

    ‘a right-wing Republican senator’
    • ‘Not that long ago, the right wing press and the Conservative party would have united in outrage at allowing the sale of a morning after pill to teenagers.’
    • ‘The neo-liberal constitution was supported by the leadership of the Socialist Party and the right wing government.’
    • ‘A grand coalition will clearly be more right-wing than either of these governments.’
    • ‘It is a centre for right-wing elements particularly prone to acts of violence.’
    • ‘It plays into the hands of racist and right-wing forces who want to divide and weaken the working class.’
    • ‘At the time of the Bologna Bombing, the CIA was anxious to ‘support right wing parties’ in Italy.’
    • ‘This happened at a time when the right wing parties and large parts of the media were promoting a change of government.’
    • ‘This only succeeded in strengthening the right wing parties by shifting the political debate onto their territory.’
    • ‘Twenty years ago it was right-wing governments who took on and defeated the trade unions.’
    • ‘It was an attempt by a weakened government to placate right-wing critics in Britain.’
    • ‘Is it possible that the brain of a radical right wing conservative and that of a radical left wing liberal are so different that they can never see eye to eye?’
    • ‘But it won't stop fuelling the witch-hunt against refugees which the right wing press and Tories eagerly join.’
    • ‘Why do right-wing newspapers always like me so much more than left-wing ones?’
    • ‘One thing I worry about, though, is the increased support for the right wing parties like the BNP.’
    • ‘Civil servants must not be members of extreme left or right wing political parties - though they can be members of mainstream parties.’
    • ‘It has lied and lied again in the service of the most right-wing and authoritarian forces.’
    • ‘You could say the same about being raised religious, or right-wing, or paranoid about getting fat.’
    • ‘Charles Kennedy is the latest liberal to be lynched by the right-wing press.’
    • ‘No other country possesses so many laws against right-wing extremism as Germany.’
    • ‘The Conservative Party and the right wing tabloid press, led by the Sun, were overjoyed at the appeal court's decision.’
    conservative, rightist, ultra-conservative, alt-right
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