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backhanded

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back⋅hand⋅ed

[bak-han-did]
–adjective
1. performed with the hand turned backward, crosswise, or in any oblique direction so that the palm of the hand faces in the direction of the body and the back of the hand faces in the direction of forward movement.
2. sloping in a downward direction from left to right: backhanded writing.
3. oblique or ambiguous in meaning; indirect; insincere or malicious; wry: backhanded methods; a backhanded compliment.
4. Ropemaking. noting a rope in which the yarns and the strands are laid in the same direction, the rope itself being laid in the opposite direction.
–adverb
5. with the hand across the body; backhand: He caught the ball backhanded.

Origin:
1790–1800; back 2 + handed


back⋅hand⋅ed⋅ly, adverb
back⋅hand⋅ed⋅ness, noun

back⋅hand

[bak-hand]
–noun
1. a stroke, slap, etc., made with the palm of the hand turned toward the body and the back of the hand turned in the direction of the stroke, slap, etc.
2. (in tennis, squash, etc.) a stroke made from the side of the body opposite to that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc.
3. handwriting that slopes toward the left.
–adjective
4. backhanded.
5. (in tennis, squash, etc.) of, pertaining to, or noting a stroke made from the side of the body opposite to that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc. Compare forehand (def. 1).
–adverb
6. with the back of the hand: He hit him backhand across the face.
7. from across the body; backhanded: She returned the ball backhand on the first serve.
–verb (used with object)
8. to strike with the back of the hand.
9. to hit, produce, or accomplish with a backhand.
10. to catch (a ball or the like) backhanded.

Origin:
1650–60; back 2 + hand
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back·hand   (bāk'hānd')   
n.  
  1. Sports

    1. A stroke or motion, as of a racket, made with the back of the hand facing outward and the arm moving forward.

    2. A pass or shot in hockey made with the back of the blade of the stick.

    3. A catch made in baseball by reaching across the body with the palm turned toward the ball.

  2. Handwriting characterized by letters that slant to the left.

adj.  Made with or using a backhand.
adv.  With a backhanded stroke or motion.
tr.v.   back·hand·ed, back·hand·ing, back·hands Sports
To perform, catch, or hit with a backhand: She backhanded the ball crosscourt.
back'hand'er n.
back·hand·ed   (bāk'hān'dĭd)   
adj.  
  1. Sports Made with or using a backhand: a backhanded shot into the opponent's court.

  2. Oblique or roundabout: a backhanded compliment.

back'hand'ed·ly adv., back'hand'ed·ness n.
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