[ uhn-der-han-did ]
/ ˈʌn dərˈhæn dɪd /
short-handed: By the time of the Navy game, Army usually finds itself underhanded.
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Related formsun·der·hand·ed·ly, adverbun·der·hand·ed·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for underhandedness
The game that he feared and that he hated was the one of underhandedness, of lies, of treachery, of bribery.Istar of Babylon|Margaret Horton Potter
British Dictionary definitions for underhandedness
Derived Formsunderhandedly, adverbunderhandedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for underhandedness
in reference to a throw, etc., c.1822, from underhand. As "in secret," from 1825; as "with too few people," from 1834.
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