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1On or towards the left and the right; on both sides; in both directions.
2Informal. On or from all sides; in all directions; indiscriminately; prodigiously.
Characterized by movement to both left and right; characterized by, or involving both the left and the right hands, sides, etc.
1Shooting. = left-and-right shot.
2Boxing. An attack consisting of a blow delivered with the left hand followed by a blow delivered with the right hand.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Robert Lloyd (bap. 1733, d. 1764), poet and playwright. From left + and + right.
left and right/ˌlɛft ən(d) ˈrʌɪt/
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