Definition of left hand in US English:

left hand


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their sister, Lucy Rennwand, was allowed to attend their swearing in - the boys placed their left hands on Oskar's drum, which they thought of as their symbol.’
    • ‘I examined a small callous on the middle finger of my left hand, right underneath my fingernail.’
    • ‘After the mitts were removed patients were asked to clench their left hands and in each a tourniquet was applied 10 cm proximal to the wrist and the hand relaxed.’
    • ‘Left-handed children who are prevented from using their their left hands often develop symptoms such as a stutter.’
    • ‘Nobody knows what causes about one in 10 people to have dominant left hands.’
    • ‘My nails were long and painted and I wore a single, silver thumb ring on my left hand.’
    • ‘Jon finally saw the similarly made gold wedding bands that adorned their left hands and the connection and affection that existed between them.’
    • ‘These results held whether the right-handed participants pantomimed with their right or left hands.’
    • ‘They went on chanting a peace song that mixed Hebrew and Arabic and then stood up clapping and shaking their left hands up in the air to repel evil.’
    • ‘As the loops are gathered in the left hand the right hand controls the spin of the reel.’
    • ‘As the horse continued to rear up, the rider held the reins with his left hand and thrust his right hand into the air.’
    • ‘His left hand dove into my hair and his other hand gripped my neck painfully.’
    • ‘Over 20 children played games, painted and ate their lunch only using their left hands.’
    • ‘Suddenly the door burst open and four prim-looking men with messy hair, all smoking pipes, with their left hands tucked into their jacket pockets came rushing in.’
    • ‘When he set me down, he took the ring from my hand and slid it onto the third finger of my left hand.’
    • ‘People who agree with the statement raise their right hands, while people who disagree raise their left hands.’
    • ‘I got the idea from the early episodes of Angel, where both he and Doyle wore Claddagh rings on their left hands.’
    • ‘He kept his right hand outstretched and his left hand on his dagger that hung at his waist.’
    • ‘The fingernails on my right hand are long and the fingernails on my left hand are short.’
    1. 1.1 The region or direction on the left side of a person or thing.
      ‘there was a vast forest on the left hand’


  • 1attributive On or toward the left side of a person or thing.

    ‘his left-hand pocket’
    • ‘I'd often stare at the statue of Beethoven I kept on the left-hand side of my desk.’
    • ‘Korea win a free-kick on the left-hand side of Germany's box and win a corner.’
    • ‘The bar at the left-hand side of the graph represents a traditional device.’
    • ‘On our right hand side is where cars were parked and there were no cars parked on the left hand side, which we were driving up.’
    • ‘As Well belatedly settled, the young defender lined up a free kick 25 metres out and curled it towards the top left-hand corner.’
    • ‘Its cushion can be folded under the seat on the left-hand side, and a console with cupholders and a storage box can be positioned in its place.’
    • ‘Mark McGeown, the Airdrie goalkeeper, could only watch as the ball arced towards the top left-hand corner and in off the post.’
    • ‘The track ends but continue downhill along the left hand side of a narrow field.’
    • ‘Hedgerows and fields make up the left hand side of the path with the old canal on the right.’
    • ‘And my morning cough is starting to be a little painful in the left-hand side of my back, about half-way down.’
    • ‘Ian Harty broke down the left-hand side before finding McDonald in the area.’
    • ‘It left the left-hand side of her face completely paralysed.’
    • ‘Some sensors for recording the temperatures in the hydraulic systems on the left-hand side of the spacecraft go offline.’
    • ‘It's about fascism, and you can see the links to the whole series in the left-hand side of his front page.’
    • ‘Some people have been forced to drive on the opposite side of the road because there is not enough room to get through on the left-hand side.’
    • ‘In the far left hand corner of that room was a staircase going up to the second floor.’
    • ‘The country's flag has a light blue background with six stars on the left-hand side and one large yellow star in the center.’
    • ‘The police report notes that there are left hand turn lanes going east and west on Mayfield.’
    • ‘Cross the stile and go around the left-hand side of the barn.’
    • ‘The traffic lights have been put in place so that a section of the left-hand side of the road coming into Athy could be cordoned off.’
    left-hand, sinistral, at nine o'clock
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    1. 1.1 Done with or using the left hand.
      ‘an excellent left-hand catch’
      • ‘This mystery man is Ashok Gandotra, a left-hand batsman who won two Test caps for India.’
      • ‘Fuentes made a positive start, catching Brodie with crisp left-hand jabs.’