- 1On, towards, or relating to the side of a human body or of a thing which is to the west when the person or thing is facing north: her left eye the left side of the roadMore example sentences
- The patient was a sturdy young man with an abscess on the outer side of his left thigh.
- He fell off of me, and as he got up I punched him square on the side of his left eye.
- Take your right leg, bend it and pull the knee over towards the floor next to your left side.
- 2Relating to a person or group favouring radical, reforming, or socialist views: Left politics left periodicals such as Marxism Today[see left wing]More example sentences
- The Green Party leadership appear to believe that the left vote is theirs by right.
- The crowd was solidly left and markedly anarchist and Marxist for the most part it seems.
- The Respect coalition has shown people are willing to vote for a left alternative.
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- On or to the left side: turn left here keep leftMore example sentences
- Leave the ticket office and pass in front of the main house, turning left at the far side.
- Follow the lane and at the next road junction bear left to another junction of lanes.
- Silverdale train station can be reached by going left at this road junction.
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- 1 (the left) The left-hand part, side, or direction: turn to the left (one's left) the general sat to his leftMore example sentences
- She turned her eyes directly to the left when she saw a flicker of light from the barn.
- There were only a few seats left, and one of them was the place directly to the left of him.
- There is a small bar area to the left as you walk inside and then the main dining room to the right.
- 1.1(In football or a similar sport) the left-hand half of the field when facing the opponents' goal: a free kick from the leftMore example sentences
- Villa gained possession and advanced into the penalty area to the left of goal.
- Del Piero, who's had a quiet game, expertly cuts in from the left and goes for goal.
- Another charge was cut short illegally by a tug from Barker five yards to the left of the penalty area.
- 1.3A left turn: take a left hereMore example sentences
- After doing right turns and lefts until I lost count, I came to a huge oak brown door and knocked on it.
- There are six rights and eight lefts, and the main straight is only 650m, so it will be quite demanding.
- Take two lefts, then a right past Venice and you're there.
- 1.6A blow given with the left fist: a left to the bodyMore example sentences
- Hunt KOs Jerome, with a flurry of lefts and rights, polished off by a right hook to the head that tracks him down to the mat.
- A right hand and a succession of lefts hurt Carey again in the third.
- However, he pulled himself together and near corners scored frequently with well-placed lefts to the nose, drawing blood.
- 2 (often the Left) [treated as singular or plural] A group or party favouring radical, reforming, or socialist views: the Left is preparing to fight presidential elections he is on the left of the partyMore example sentences
- One is never enough because the Left is going to distort the facts just as much as the Right.
- The parties of the Left and of the Right are in conflict because they both aim at supreme power.
- The Left has much in common with the radicals in the Green movement and wants to work with them.
have two left feet
- Be clumsy or awkward: if you stumble when you dance, you’ve got two left feetMore example sentences
- Well I gave it a try and quickly discovered that I had two left feet and my dreams went up in smoke.
- She is wrinkled, she is overweight, and she still has two left feet when it comes to dancing.
- Maybe you've realized you have two left feet, skewed rhythm and zero coordination.
left, right, and centre (also left and right or right and left)
- On all sides: deals were being done left, right, and centreMore example sentences
- In a mild winter we are seeing people turning power off left, right, and centre.
- I'm turning theatre down left, right, and centre at the moment and I hope my plan pays off.
- You already ruled on this when Mr Mallard was on his feet insulting people left, right, and centre.
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- Ever since, leftish malcontents have taken every opportunity to condemn the iniquity of holding all applicants for admission to the same standards.
- For a while, leftish bloggers were quite caught up in the notion that the correlation of good economic performance with Democratic presidencies had to be causal.
- If the pollsters are overestimating Labour's support once more, the consequences of their blunders could leave a lot of leftish voters looking very silly.
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- I caught another set of headlights approaching me, and then looked leftwards to see who was beside me.
- Immediately below the bridge, a path runs leftwards, uphill to a tarmac road where a signpost to Birnam Hill points to the left.
- Today the revolt is generally being channelled leftwards.
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛftwəd/adjective & adverb
Old English lyft, left 'weak' (the left-hand side being regarded as the weaker side of the body), of West Germanic origin.