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underhand

[ uhn-der-hand ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌhænd /
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adjective
executed with the hand below the level of the shoulder and the palm turned upward and forward: an underhand delivery of a ball.
underhanded (def. 1): an underhand deal with the chief of police.
adverb
with the hand below the level of the shoulder and the palm turned upward and forward: to bowl underhand.
secretly; stealthily; slyly.
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Origin of underhand

First recorded before 900; 1530–40 for def. 2; Middle English adverb under honde “in one's possession, in one's charge, secretly,” Old English under hand, under hond(e) “in one's possession, in one's subjection, in one's power”; see origin at under-, hand
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British Dictionary definitions for underhand

underhand
/ (ˈʌndəˌhænd) /

adjective Also: underhanded
clandestine, deceptive, or secretive
sport another word for underarm
adverb
in an underhand manner or style
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