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underhanded

[uhn-der-han-did] /ˈʌn dərˈhæn dɪd/
adjective
1.
2.
short-handed:
By the time of the Navy game, Army usually finds itself underhanded.
Origin of underhanded
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10; under- + handed
Related forms
underhandedly, adverb
underhandedness, noun
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  • How in the world did they get here, and what underhanded work are they up to now?

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • Literally to draw away from under, or in an underhanded way, as by stealth.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • He had an innate dislike to the man, who looked furtive and underhanded.

    Quicksilver George Manville Fenn
  • You want to drive us out, do you, you sneakin' underhanded hound!

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Ef this ez any underhanded work of yours, you'll pay for it.

    Cressy Bret Harte
  • "There was nothing mean nor underhanded about it," he retorted.

    The Flag Homer Greene
  • He was never indebted to unfair and underhanded measures for his success.

  • Of all the dirty, underhanded tricks I ever heard of, that is the limit.

  • Ritter is just the fellow to play us some underhanded trick.

    The Putnam Hall Rebellion Arthur M. Winfield
British Dictionary definitions for underhanded

underhanded

/ˌʌndəˈhændɪd/
adjective
1.
another word for underhand, short-handed
Derived Forms
underhandedly, adverb
underhandedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for underhanded
adj.

in reference to a throw, etc., c.1822, from underhand. As "in secret," from 1825; as "with too few people," from 1834.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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