right-hand man

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right-hand man

One's primary or most trusted assistant. Not necessarily a man. I can always rely on Jake to help me—he's been my right-hand man for years now.
See also: man
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right-hand man

Also, right-hand woman. A trusted helper, as in Give it to Jill, she's my right-hand man. Based on the idea that in most people the right hand is the stronger of the two, this idiom today usually disregards gender, as in the example. However, in the the 17th and 18th centuries it also meant a soldier in a post of command on the right side of a cavalry unit, and then always denoted a man. [c. 1800]
See also: man
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

your right-hand man

or

your right-hand woman

COMMON Someone's right-hand man or right-hand woman is their close assistant and the person they trust to help and support them in everything they do. He was always by her side and supported her in everything she did. He was her right-hand man and he travelled with her everywhere. You'd be Oliver's right-hand woman. He needs somebody he can really rely on, don't you, Oliver? Note: Less often, people talk about someone's right-hand person. Ricard was her husband's right-hand person and took an active part in the broadcasting business and all other ventures he was involved in. Note: This expression is commonly used to talk about politics or business. Note: There are several possible explanations for this expression. One is that the right side of the body is traditionally associated with skill and strength. Another is that it may refer to the soldier who was responsible for the right side of a troop of horses. Also, in the past, the position on the right of the leader at political or social gatherings was the place of honour.
See also: man
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

your ˌright-hand ˈman

(informal) an assistant who you trust with everything: ‘I’d like to introduce you to Peter Davies, my right-hand man. He’ll help you when I am away.’
See also: man
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References in classic literature ?
And thus it was that Robin Hood became outlawed; thus a band of merry companions gathered about him, and thus he gained his right-hand man, Little John; and so the prologue ends.
He remembered his work, the wrecking car, and the wrecking crew that had toiled under him, and he wondered what had become of Clancey, his right-hand man. Came the long day, when, routed from bed at three in the morning to dig a surface car out of the wrecked show windows of a drug store and get it back on the track, they had laboured all day clearing up a half-dozen smash-ups and arrived at the car house at nine at night just as another call came in.
Two of the warders were agents of Prendergast, and the second mate was his right-hand man. The captain, the two mates, two warders Lieutenant Martin, his eighteen soldiers, and the doctor were all that we had against us.
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In 2012 his ashes were interred on the right-hand side of Shackleton's grave, fittingly his right-hand man for ever.
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But his right-hand man, and former England boss Venables, says they will aim to win.
Pardew, right, said he had crisis talks with the Charlton board in a bid to retain his right-hand man.
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Great Britain captain Andy Farrell insists his side can overcome the likely loss of his right-hand man Paul Sculthorpe for the first Test against New Zealand.
In what is seen as an orderly handoff to his right-hand man, Gannett Co.