: the part of a legislative chamber located to the left of the presiding officer
: the members of a continental European legislative body occupying the left as a result of holding more radical political views than other members
: those professing views usually characterized by desire to reform or overthrow the established order especially in politics and usually advocating change in the name of the greater freedom or well-being of the common man
: a radical as distinguished from a conservative position
He felt a pain in his left side.
He hit him with a left hook to the jaw.
the left side of the street Noun
We read from left to right.
You'll take two lefts and then a right.
He hit him with two quick lefts to the stomach followed by a right to the jaw. See More
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Simon, who lost most of the hearing in his left ear, announced his retirement from touring on X (formerly known as Twitter) in 2018, citing time away from his wife as one of his main motivations, while Brickell made occasional musical appearances while raising their kids.—Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 Those simple expressions of gratitude will hold even more significance for the Salmon family after Tim shattered his left wrist last June in a freak houseboat accident that could have killed him.—Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 My dad had bullet holes in his chest, his shoulder, his rib cage, his right elbow, and his left thigh.—Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 There are too many far left activists in the court for that expectation to hold true.—Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, National Review, 19 Nov. 2023 Take a step to the right, maintaining your posture, then bring your left foot to meet the right, then reverse.—Nicole Borgenicht, Health, 17 Nov. 2023 Forward Kobe Johnson also missed a second consecutive game with left knee discomfort.—Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 The tension among the party’s left flank is clear as some lawmakers are facing mounting criticism from liberal constituents who want to see the Biden administration pursue a ceasefire and more humanitarian relief.—Samantha-Jo Roth, Washington Examiner, 15 Nov. 2023 From left to right: Bruce Schneier, Elliott Peterson, Allison Nixon, Brian Krebs, and Scott Shapiro.—Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 14 Nov. 2023
Today, even among the radical left, Icaria’s legacy is often forgotten, not least because modern communism soon after rejected its utopian vision.—John Last, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 Despite warnings to stay put, Gazans desperate to see family and what’s left of their homes are still trying to return to the north, where a majority of the enclave’s 2.2 million people lived before the war.—Susannah George, Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2023 At the end of regulation, Fairfax had the ball on the Chatsworth 10, but the Chancellors sacked Levant and recovered a fumble with one second left, forcing overtime.—Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2023 The Aztecs blew a 12-point lead in the closing minutes of regulation, went to overtime on a controversial foul call with a second left, then somehow re-inflated their bruised egos for a wild 100-97 win against Washington in the championship game of the four-team tournament at T-Mobile Arena.—Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2023 The man, holding a drink in his right hand and reaching for keys with his left, approached his front door through an outdoor corridor, video showed.—Andrew Blankstein, NBC News, 8 Nov. 2023 Still, previous Presidents, in similar binds, have faced significant pressure almost entirely from flag-waving nationalists on the right; Biden is now being cross-pressured from his left, and this seems to be having an effect.—Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2023 There is the feeling of loneliness in light of the global left’s support of Hamas.—Ksenia Svetlova, The New Republic, 31 Oct. 2023 San Pedro scored with 1:04 left, then successfully converted a two-point conversion to pull out the victory.—Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 See More
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Adjective and Noun
Middle English, from Old English, weak; akin to Middle Low German lucht left; from the left hand's being the weaker in most individuals