Definitions for backhandedˈbækˌhæn dɪd
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(of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke
roundabout or ambiguous
"attacks from that source amounted to a backhanded compliment to his integrity"; "a backhanded and dishonest way of reaching his goal"
With the hand turned backward.
a backhanded blow
Indirect; awkward; insincere; sarcastic.
a backhanded compliment
(of writing) inclining to the left
Origin: From back + hand + -ed
with the hand turned backward; as, a backhanded blow
indirect; awkward; insincere; sarcastic; as, a backhanded compliment
turned back, or inclining to the left; as, a backhanded letters
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We may see a few shots coming our direction, and I suppose in a sense that's a backhanded compliment.
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