right hand

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right′ hand′


n.
1. the hand on a person's right side.
2. the right side.
3. a position of honor or special trust.
4. a very valuable person.

right′-hand′



adj.
1. located on the right.
3. being of great assistance: my right-hand man.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.right hand - the hand that is on the right side of the bodyright hand - the hand that is on the right side of the body; "he writes with his right hand but pitches with his left"; "hit him with quick rights to the body"
hand, manus, mitt, paw - the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"
References in classic literature ?
It came quite close up to them and flew away on their right hands in front of the horses.
Degrees of honor, in subjects, are, first participes curarum, those upon whom, princes do discharge the greatest weight of their affairs; their right hands, as we call them.
It was noticeable that his right hand slipped open a few inches the right-hand drawer of his desk.
In attempting to express his gratification, the Chief of Police thrust out his right hand with such violence that his skin was ruptured at the arm-pit and a stream of sawdust poured from the wound.
My object is to explain the motive which has induced me to refuse the right hand of friendship to my cousin, John Herncastle.
Go to, knave, go to thy place and thou, Gurth, get thee another dog, and should the keeper dare to touch it, I will mar his archery; the curse of a coward on my head, if I strike not off the forefinger of his right hand! he shall draw bowstring no more.
He quietly raised his forehead from his arm and looked between the masking stems of the laurels, instinctively closing his right hand about the stock of his rifle.
For a long time they tried to set him right and made him begin again--because he kept taking Kitty by the wrong arm or with the wrong arm--till he understood at last that what he had to do was, without changing his position, to take her right hand in his right hand.
He ordered at the same time that all the Apes be arranged in a long row on his right hand and on his left, and that a throne be placed for him, as was the custom among men.
He said he quite enjoyed the training with all the other horses, trotting together, turning together, to the right hand or the left, halting at the word of command, or dashing forward at full speed at the sound of the trumpet or signal of the officer.
My right hand was not so badly burnt but that I could move the fingers.
That night I left this case in my room, locked, and the key in my waistcoat pocket; in the right-hand side-pocket of my overcoat I carried my Deane and Adams, loaded in every chamber; also my right hand, as innocently as you could wish.