Definition of right-hand man in US English:

right-hand man


  • An indispensable helper or chief assistant.

    • ‘All of a sudden, his right-hand man, former Chief Councilman Kermit walked in, without any warning whatsoever.’
    • ‘None of his right-hand men, some of whom would become Unita's most able commanders and diplomats in the 1980s, seems to have known what was going on.’
    • ‘Morrison's decision to promote his right-hand man Bob Stott to the job of chief executive never washed with the City.’
    • ‘Heath, ably assisted by his right-hand man Guy Rich - now in the Premier's Office - soon became bigger than the unit itself.’
    • ‘Her father, Robert Douglass, is a lawyer from Greenwich, Connecticut, and a former right-hand man to Nelson Rockefeller.’
    • ‘There is no doubt Richmond president Clinton Casey and his right-hand man Greg Miller got the best coach available for their club.’
    • ‘Yves Colleu will be my right-hand man, my number two.’
    • ‘Their political marriage began in 1994 and was consummated on Blair's rise to power three years later, with much of the credit going to his new right-hand man.’
    • ‘His right-hand man, Wilson, 25, came through the junior ranks at Orrell and has a Lancashire Colts cap to his name.’
    • ‘Calderwood can't help but tackle things head on, though, and he is ably assisted by his right-hand man, whom he refers to as the silent assassin.’
    • ‘Green had negotiated a 10% stake each in the business for himself and his long-standing right-hand man, Phil Cox.’
    • ‘Up until the end of 2000 Kolev was known as the right-hand man of the current Prosecutor-General Nikola Filchev.’
    • ‘Sheeran was a local Teamsters president from Delaware who was close to Hoffa, but also the right-hand man to legendary mob boss Russell Bufalino.’
    • ‘According to Bedford County court records, Reber, Falwell and Godwin also had discussions at Liberty University in 1993 with Dong Moon Joo, one of Moon's right-hand men and president of The Washington Times.’
    • ‘Both robbed of their regular sailing partners in tragic circumstances, it was clear that their short time together had helped to put the terrible deaths of their right-hand men behind them.’
    • ‘Sanchez will be employed on a full-time basis and intends to bring in former Northern Ireland star Gerry Armstrong as his right-hand man.’
    • ‘The increasingly opaque Williams, dragged into the church's interminable conflicts, needs a right-hand man to keep an eye on the bigger picture.’
    • ‘And then William Hague made Michael Portillo, the Tory Party's supreme Eurosceptic, his right-hand man.’
    • ‘The name most touted as successor is Paul Le Guen and his right-hand man, Yves Colleu, claimed yesterday that the former Lyon coach is waiting in the wings.’
    • ‘He's his right-hand man in America and he lives in Los Angeles.’
    second in command, second, number two, subordinate, junior, auxiliary, adjutant, lieutenant, subaltern, assistant, personal assistant, pa, aide, helper, henchman, underling
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right-hand man

/ˈrīt ˈˌhand ˈman//ˈraɪt ˈˌhænd ˈmæn/