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backhanded

[ bak-han-did ]
/ ˈbækˌhæn dɪd /
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adjective

performed with the hand turned backward, crosswise, or in any oblique direction so that the palm of the hand faces in the direction of the body and the back of the hand faces in the direction of forward movement.
sloping in a downward direction from left to right: backhanded writing.
oblique or ambiguous in meaning; indirect; insincere or malicious; wry: backhanded methods; a backhanded compliment.
Ropemaking. noting a rope in which the yarns and the strands are laid in the same direction, the rope itself being laid in the opposite direction.

adverb

with the hand across the body; backhand: He caught the ball backhanded.

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Origin of backhanded

First recorded in 1790–1800; back2 + handed
back·hand·ed·ly, adverbback·hand·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for backhanded

backhanded
/ (ˌbækˈhændɪd) /

adjective

(of a blow, shot, stroke, etc) performed with the arm moving across the body
double-edged; equivocala backhanded compliment
(of handwriting) slanting to the left
(of a rope) twisted in the opposite way to the normal right-handed direction

adverb

in a backhanded manner
backhandedly, adverbbackhandedness, noun
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