OTHER WORDS FROM backhandedback·hand·ed·ly, adverbback·hand·ed·ness, noun
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Though I’m sure Michaels intended for this comment to be wholly complimentary of Zayak and her ability, describing Zayak’s body as a “fireplug” and talking about her lack of line gives the compliment a backhanded feel.The Quad Jump Revolution Has Transformed Women’s Figure Skating. How Far Will It Go?|Dvora Meyers|February 3, 2022|FiveThirtyEight
That said, there are two plausible reasons why justices like Kavanaugh and Barrett might prefer a more backhanded approach.
That said, there may be one important difference between a decision explicitly overruling Roe and a decision that does so in a more backhanded way.
Completing the motion, Howe pulled the puck back to his own left and backhanded it hard into the open side of the net.
Shawn sat up to say something, and he hauled off and backhanded her across the face.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis|Richard Ben Cramer|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I realized that the very narrowness of my complaints was backhanded evidence of the enormous amount that the film gets right.
In his heyday, Richards had an eerily clinical and meticulous approach to drug use, a backhanded compliment to be sure.
For these women, “crazy” is a backhanded compliment, a path on the road to fame.
For myself, though I received only a backhanded blow on the chest, I staggered as if I had been struck with a sledgehammer.In the Days of My Youth|Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
Korman backhanded him across the throat without looking around, with such force that Gibson staggered back and fell.Irresistible Weapon|Horace Brown Fyfe
Simms threw the brim of his soft hat up with a backhanded stroke and shook his head.The Real Man|Francis Lynde
The writing was what is known as "backhanded," in strokes which appeared at first sight to be of a uniform lightness.Round the Block|John Bell Bouton
Mikah asked, and one of the guards backhanded him to the ground.The Ethical Engineer|Henry Maxwell Dempsey