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  • n  a backhanded blow
  • a  (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke
  • s  (of handwriting) having the letters slanting backward

  • That's when the veteran Wickenheiser took over by taking a pass at the blue line and splitting the defense for a breakaway backhander to tie the score.
  • In onetime British colonies, the words vary widely: a bribe in Nigeria is called dash, in India a backhander.
  • The first goal he finally got in the five-game rematch last year was a backhander.
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  • At Wimbledon, Andy Murray makes Britain's dream come true
    The nation exults in Andy Murray's victory. He is the first Briton to win the Wimbledon men's singles title since Fred Perry in 1936. WIMBLEDON, England — There were shouted proposals of marriage from the crowd. A nervous nation glued to the television, long years of frustration suggesting that a fateful string of mistakes was right around the corner. But this time, when the last backhander hit ...
    July 8, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

  • Chris Osgood in ESPN
    It was chaotic the last 40 seconds,Osgood said. "We had it out of the zone with 10 seconds left, and they made a great play. They have a really good team. Crosby was flying. I knew it was a good backhander. I tried to get as far out as I...
  • Matt Cooke in USA Today
    I didn't have to beat a goalie either time,Cooke said. "It was just a backhander into the empty net. We did a good job of sticking with it, putting pucks (on net) and creating havoc."
  • Craig Conroy in ESPN
    I had passed up a few shots earlier. They said shoot it, so I just threw a backhander in there and it was nice to see it go in,Conroy said. "It's so close. We knew going into the third that Colorado had lost and if we win this we go into...

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