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1. The direction, left or right, of the swing of a door (when viewed from the side usually considered the outside) or associated doorframes or hardware. A left-hand door has hinges on the left and the door swings away; a left-hand reverse door swings toward the viewer. A right-hand door has hinges on the right and swings away. A right-hand reverse door swings toward the viewer.
2. Of a spiral stair, designates the direction of turn of the stair. Right-hand refers to a stair on which the user turns clockwise as he descends. Left-hand refers to a stair on which the user turns counter-clockwise ashe descends.
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I always tell them the same thing: Change the door swing and give us a bit of privacy.
If there's an adjoining wall or rail, it's best to have the door swing against it; otherwise entry can be awkward, especially if you're carrying groceries.
I have been shoved in the queue for the bank, blatantly ignored, and narrowly avoided a broken nose when someone let a door swing back in my face.
The family went to the Harvester restaurant, in nearby St Martin's Road and there another female customer let the ladies' toilet door swing into Hollie's hand.
"He saw the door swing open with force and it banged against the wall," said Rachel Knight, prosecuting at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.
You can buy these in steel or brass, and they have projecting knuckles which let the door swing clear of the frame when you open it.