right and left

adverb

Definition of right and left

: on both or all sides : in every direction : everywhere

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Before crossing the street, stop and look left, right and left again to check for cars. Lauren Harrison, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Safe Kids Carroll: Now’s the time to focus on back-to-school safety," 9 Aug. 2019 Cubans Michel Baez and Adrian Morejon, from the right and left side, could also boost the bullpen by summer’s end. Jeff Sanders, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Second-half stories to watch in the Padres’ farm system," 11 July 2019 Immigration politics is so polarized that right and left have a veto over any constructive policy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Border Asylum Crisis," 31 Mar. 2019 At the start of their meeting, inside a room in Osaka’s exhibition and convention center, the two leaders sat at a long table, with Trump and Xi facing each other, aides at their side to the right and left. Don Lee, latimes.com, "Trump and Xi agree to restart trade talks, put hold on new tariffs," 29 June 2019 Critics have been calling for Acosta’s resignation for months Calls for Acosta’s resignation — from the right and left — have been growing ever since the Herald published Brown’s story in November 2018. Anna North, Vox, "Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is resigning," 12 July 2019 Two takeaways from Sunday’s European Union elections: First, the centrists—the moderate right and left—were decimated. Josef Joffe, WSJ, "The Sick Man of Europe Is Europe," 27 May 2019 Amazon already faces fierce criticism from politicians on the right and left, including President Trump and Democratic presidential candidates like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Amazon’s Latest Experiment: Retraining Its Work Force," 11 July 2019 On both right and left, there’s a fear that one definition of gender will somehow supersede or invalidate another. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump wants to deny transgender rights on religious grounds. But what if gender identity, itself, is a matter of the soul?," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of right and left

1735, in the meaning defined above

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