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backhander

[ bak-han-der ]
/ ˈbækˌhæn dər /
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noun
a backhanded slap, punch, stroke, or play.
British Slang.
  1. a drink served out of turn to a guest as a bottle or decanter is passed around the table during dessert.
  2. a bribe.
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Origin of backhander

First recorded in 1795–1805; backhand + -er1
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How to use backhander in a sentence

  • But no vibration of any such impatience was in Merivales voice, and in his words there was no backhander to answer it.

    The Angel of Pain|E. F. Benson
  • He administered a backhander to Elgood as he spoke, and the next minute Charlie, roused beyond all bearing, had knocked him down.

    St. Winifred's|Frederic W. Farrar
  • A few blows of scorn might suffice—a backhander across the snout, a few swishes with a stick, a kick behind when he turned.

    The Devil's Garden|W. B. Maxwell
  • He ended a string of abuse by a vicious backhander, which I failed to entirely avoid.

British Dictionary definitions for backhander

backhander
/ (ˈbækˌhændə) /

noun
a backhanded stroke or blow
informal an indirect attack
slang a bribe
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