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[uhn-der-han-did] /ˈʌn dərˈhæn dɪd/
By the time of the Navy game, Army usually finds itself underhanded.
Origin of underhanded
First recorded in 1800-10; under- + handed
Related forms
underhandedly, adverb
underhandedness, noun Unabridged
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  • Something subtle, and lurking and underhanded in the business.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • How in the world did they get here, and what underhanded work are they up to now?

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • At the same time, he hoped to make an alliance with Lefty by which he might reap some actual benefit from his underhanded work.

    Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager Burt L. Standish
  • Literally to draw away from under, or in an underhanded way, as by stealth.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • For the first time in his life he had done an underhanded action, and he had done wrong.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • He had an innate dislike to the man, who looked furtive and underhanded.

    Quicksilver George Manville Fenn
  • But they will try to get at you by every underhanded means they can think of.

  • Ef this ez any underhanded work of yours, you'll pay for it.

    Cressy Bret Harte
  • But one of their underhanded transactions was exposed, and they were sent away from the academy for the time being.

    The Rover Boys Under Canvas Arthur M. Winfield
British Dictionary definitions for underhanded


another word for underhand, short-handed
Derived Forms
underhandedly, adverb
underhandedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for underhanded

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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