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adjective British English pronunciation: left /left/
  1. on the side of your body that is to the west if you are facing north

    He wore a wedding ring on his left hand.

    Your left eye looks sore.

    She had seriously damaged her left knee in the previous game.

    1. a.
      on the left side of something

      the bottom left corner of the screen

      We took a left turn when we should have gone right.

      the left and right margins

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