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left1 British & World English

On, 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

left2 British & World English

Past and past participle of leave.

eyes front British & World English

A military command to turn the head in the direction stated

be left in leave1 British & World English

Remain to be used or dealt with

the left in left1 British & World English

The left-hand part, side, or direction

the Left in left1 British & World English

A group or party favouring radical, reforming, or socialist views

swipe right British & World English

(on the online dating app Tinder) indicate that one finds someone attractive (or unattractive) by moving one's finger to the right (or left) across an image of them on a touchscreen

left English Thesaurus

my left arm

far left British & World English

The extreme left wing of a faction, group, or party.

New Left British & World English

Frequently with the. Originally: a movement begun in France by young left-wing radicals opposed to the philosophy of the traditional left. Now also: any of various left-wing movements focused on activism or protest.

Old Left British & World English

Politics (now US). The older liberal elements in social-democratic activism, especially as distinguished from the more radical New Left that arose during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

well-left British & World English

That has been bequeathed a valuable or generous legacy or inheritance.

left back British & World English

A defender in soccer or field hockey who plays primarily in a position on the left of the field

left bank British & World English

The bank of a river on the left as one faces downstream

Left Bank British & World English

A district of the city of Paris, situated on the left bank of the River Seine, to the south of the river. It is an area noted for its intellectual and artistic life

left face British & World English

(In military contexts) a command to turn 90 degrees to the left

left hand British & World English

The hand of a person’s left side

left turn British & World English

A turn that brings a person’s front to face the way their left side did before

left wing British & World English

The radical, reforming, or socialist section of a political party or system

left-wing English Thesaurus

a left-wing political group

Broad Left British & World English

A loose coalition of socialist, communist, and other left-wing groups presenting a unified alternative to the candidates and policies of the right.

left heart British & World English

The left atrium and left ventricle of the mammalian or avian heart considered together, especially as the unit which receives oxygenated blood from the lungs and pumps it into the arterial system.

left bower British & World English

Informal. A close friend or trusted assistant; a partner, an accomplice. Used especially to refer to one of two such people; compare right bower. Now rare.

right-left British & World English

Of or between the right and the left (in various contexts); frequently with reference to reflective symmetry.

inside left British & World English

An attacking player in soccer or field hockey whose position is near to the centre of the field, to the left of the centre forward

left brain British & World English

The left-hand side of the human brain, which is believed to be associated with linear and analytical thought

left-click British & World English

Select an item in a graphical user interface by pressing the left-hand button of a mouse

left coast British & World English

The West Coast of the US, especially California

left field British & World English

The part of the outfield to the left of the batter when facing the pitcher

left-footed British & World English

(Of a person) using the left foot more naturally than the right

left-handed British & World English

(Of a person) using the left hand more naturally than the right

left-hander British & World English

A left-handed person

left-winger British & World English

A person who supports or belongs to the radical, reforming, or socialist section of a political party or system

stage left British & World English

On the left (or right) side of a stage from the point of view of a performer facing the audience

left-handed English Thesaurus

a left-handed golfer

radical left British & World English

People with extreme left-wing views; the side of the political spectrum occupied by these people; (in later use) specifically = New Left.

left-brained British & World English

Having the left part of the brain as the dominant or more efficient part

left-leaning British & World English

Sympathetic to or tending towards the left in politics

left luggage British & World English

Travellers' luggage left in temporary storage at a railway station, bus station, or airport

outside left British & World English

An attacking player in soccer or field hockey whose position is on the left of the field

hang a left British & World English

Make a left (or right) turn

left and right British & World English

On or towards the left and the right; on both sides; in both directions.

left-hand rule British & World English

A mnemonic (proposed by J. A. Fleming (1849–1945), English electrical engineer), concerning the behaviour of a current-carrying conductor in a magnetic field, according to which the directions of the magnetic field, the current, and the force exerted on the conductor are indicated respectively by the first finger, second finger, and thumb of the left hand when these are held out perpendicular to each other.

right-and-left British & World English

To move to the right and left successively, as part of a single action; to weave or dodge from right to left.

right and left British & World English

On or towards the right and the left; on both sides; in both directions.

right-to-left British & World English

Designating or characterized by movement from the right to the left.

left-of-centre British & World English

Having views that are between the centre and the left in politics

be left for dead British & World English

Be abandoned as being almost dead or certain to die

left-hand drive British & World English

A motor-vehicle steering system with the steering wheel and other controls fitted on the left side, designed for use in countries where vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road

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