The desirable part of town, as in They were relieved to learn that his fiancée came from the right side of the tracks. This expression alludes to the fact that when a railroad ran through a town, it often divided the prosperous neighborhoods from the poor ones. The latter district was called the wrong side of the tracks, as in The children from the wrong side of the tracks often came to school without having eaten breakfast. Today these terms are considered snobbish. [ Second half of 1800s ]
- Right-side out
[rahyt-sahyd] /ˈraɪtˌsaɪd/ adverb, adjective 1. with the correct side facing outward: turn the socks right-side out. right-side out Turned correctly, with the outer side on the outside, as opposed to inside out , def. 1. For example, I turned the sweater right-side out before putting it on .
- Right-side up
[rahyt-sahyd] /ˈraɪtˌsaɪd/ adverb, adjective 1. with the top or correct side facing up: turn the carton right-side up; a right-side up image.
- Rights issue
noun 1. (stock exchange) an issue of new shares offered by a company to its existing shareholders on favourable terms Also called capitalization issue
verb (used with object), rightsized, rightsizing. 1. to adjust to an appropriate size: Layoffs will be necessary to rightsize our workforce. verb 1. to restructure (an organization) to cut costs and improve effectiveness without ruthlessly downsizing