Backhanded definitions

băk'hăn'dĭd
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Designating an insincere or ambiguous compliment, esp. one that is indirectly unflattering or derogatory.

A backhanded compliment.

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Performed by backhanding the ball.

A backhanded catch.

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With a backhand.
adverb
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The definition of backhanded refers to a comment that is sarcastic and that isn't as it appears on the surface.

An example of a backhanded compliment is your mother-in-law saying "My goodness, I'm surprised at how good this dinner was since I know you usually have such trouble with cooking."

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Backhanded is defined as a stroke in sports that is done with the palm of the hand turned towards the body.

In tennis if you hit a ball that approached your left side with your right hand that would be an example of a backhand hit.

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Made with or using a backhand.

A backhanded shot into the opponent's court.

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Backhanded means doing something with the outside of your hand.

If you pull your arm to the opposite side of your body then hit someone, then that is an example that you hit someone backhanded.

adverb
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Oblique or roundabout.

A backhanded compliment.

adjective
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With the hand turned backward.

A backhanded blow.

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A backhanded compliment.

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Turned back.
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(of writing) Inclining to the left.

Backhanded letters.

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Simple past tense and past participle of backhand.
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Origin of backhanded

From back + hand + -ed