Origin of underhand
Examples from the Web for underhand
A smart man, but he did some underhand work, and he was asked to resign.The Motor Boys After a Fortune|Clarence Young
Still, he had an uncomfortable sensation, for he felt he was an underhand sneak, and that Mary had found him out; and so she had.
Some underhand work was done, and Ripley, so he said, restrained old Tom from putting a bullet into a certain miscreant.The Land of Nome|Lanier McKee
By degrees, underhand and hidden as it might be, war between the Duchess and the Cardinal declared itself unmistakably.Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)|Sutherland Menzies
It gives facilities for the exercise of underhand and even corrupt influence, and encourages "log rolling."Government in the United States|James Wilford Garner
British Dictionary definitions for underhand
adjective Also: underhanded
Word Origin and History for underhand
Old English under hand "in subjection," from under + hand. Sense of "secret, stealthy, surreptitious" first recorded 1530s. For sense development, cf. Middle Dutch onderhanden "by degrees, slowly," Dutch onderhandsch "secret, private." The adjective is attested from 1540s.