assistant adj : of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another [syn: adjunct] n : a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work" [syn: helper, help, supporter]
person who assists
- German: Assistent
- Finnish: apu-, vara-, avustava, apulais-
- German: helfend, hilfreich
- Kurdish: asîstan
- Swedish: assisterande (1,2), stödjande (2), hjälpande (2)
- Turkish: asistan
- SAMPA: /a.sis.tA~/
- present participle of assister
see also personal assistant An assistant is a person or electronic tool who or that assists another person accomplish his or her goals. Some assistants are strictly based at one's place of employment, while others assist with personal, sometimes home-related tasks. In cases where the assistant is heavily relied upon, the assistant may be known as a right-hand man or yes-man.
Yes ManThe term yes man is typically used for an employee who agrees with every statement of his or her employer.. Some synonyms of yes man are flunky, stooge, and sycophant; all of which have pejorative connotations. Such a person may also be referred to as a lapdog.
Right Hand ManUnlike yes man, the term right-hand man has positive connotations. Some assert that the term is based on the fact that most people are right-handed. It may also be based on the idea of a king having his adviser sit at his right side.
In Ancient Greece, soldiers typically fought in a formation called a phalanx, where co-operation between soldiers was vital. Each soldier carried his shield on his left side, while his right side was protected by the man standing to his right. A biblical explanation also exists; in the King James Version of the Bible, Jesus is said to be "at the right hand of the Father(God)."
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