- a backhanded slap, punch, stroke, or play.
- British Slang.
- a drink served out of turn to a guest as a bottle or decanter is passed around the table during dessert.
- a bribe.
Origin of backhander
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Examples from the Web for backhander
He administered a backhander to Elgood as he spoke, and the next minute Charlie, roused beyond all bearing, had knocked him down.St. Winifred's
Frederic W. Farrar
But no vibration of any such impatience was in Merivales voice, and in his words there was no backhander to answer it.The Angel of Pain
E. F. Benson
A few blows of scorn might suffice—a backhander across the snout, a few swishes with a stick, a kick behind when he turned.The Devil's Garden
W. B. Maxwell
- a backhanded stroke or blow
- informal an indirect attack
- slang a bribe
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