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Origin of backhand

First recorded in 1650–60; back2 + hand
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How to use backhand in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for backhand

backhand
/ (ˈbækˌhænd) /

noun
sport
  1. a stroke made across the body with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
  2. (as modifier)a backhand return
the side on which backhand strokes are made
handwriting slanting to the left
adverb
with a backhand stroke
verb (tr)
sport to play (a shot) backhand
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