Definition of right wing in English:

right wing

Syllabification: right wing


(the right wing)
  • 1The conservative or reactionary section of a political party or system.
    [with reference to the National Assembly in France (1789–91), where the nobles sat to the president's right and the commons to the left]
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    • The real reason, of course, was the opposition from the radical right wing of the Republican Party.
    • 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 political coup by the radical right wing has already begun to provoke a political response from below.
  • 2The right side of a team on the field in soccer, rugby, and field hockey.
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    • 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.
    • The referee awards Ukraine a free-kick out on the right wing.
    • Portugal win a free-kick on the right wing which is lobbed straight into Nikopolidis's air-space.
  • 2.1The right side of an army.
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    • He ordered his archers to ready their bows as the right wing of the Chin army came within range.
    • Only the right wing of the Hanoverian army, led by Maj Gen Huske and Brig Cholmondley, held.
    • In addition, military planners weakened the right wing by flirting with a double-wing envelopment.


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  • Poliakoff's work cannot, however, be interpreted as that of a conventional conservative or a right-winger.
  • Conservatives, right-wingers and social democrats have been attacking the social security system for more than 10 years.
  • Recently restored to the shadow cabinet, the right-winger has lost no time in pushing the traditionalists' case.

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