backhanded backhanded  /ˈbæk ˌhæn dəd/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke
  2. (adj) roundabout or ambiguous

Usage(s):

  1. The backhanded comment refers to the well-publicized fact that the Nazi regime had supplied the automakers with slave labor.
  2. The architect of this was, of course, Karl Rove, whom McClellan praises in a variety off backhanded ways.
  3. Sonia and Vernon fall in love, or are finessed into it by Simon's engagingly backhanded ploys.

News

  1. Kuchar gets ‘major’ chance

    ARDMORE, Pa. — Matt Kuchar isn’t surprised his name is now getting placed near the top of this backhanded list — the angst-filled and pressure-driven list of the Best Player Never to Have Won a Major. “There are a lot of us in that boat,” Kuchar said yesterday on the eve...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: New York Post

  2. Amanda Bynes: I Only Like Drake Because He’s So Ugly

    Amanda Bynes was back to her head-scratching hijinks on Twitter Monday, again tagging superstar rapper Drake in a tweet which (we think) contained a backhanded compliment . “I only like… READ ON
    on June 11, 2013     Source: RadarOnline.com

Quotes

  1. "I answered a question about your qualifications to be president in a way that has been interpreted as a backhanded insult of you. I assure you I meant to do just the opposite," Kerrey wrote.
    on Dec 20, 2007 By: Bob Kerrey Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "He backhanded the ball with the bases loaded," Irvin said, "fell down and knocked himself out. But he still held on to the ball. Incredible."
    on Jul 5, 2007 By: Monte Irvin Source: SI.com

  3. "I backhanded it as hard as I could, but he [Osgood] made a great save," said Richardson. "It was just laying there and I poked it and it squeaked under him."
    on Mar 4, 2007 By: Brad Richardson Source: ESPN

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