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backhanded

Definitions of backhanded
  1. adjective
    (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke
    synonyms: backhand
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    Antonyms:
    forehand, forehanded
    (of racket strokes) made with palm facing direction of stroke
  2. adjective
    roundabout or ambiguous
    “attacks from that source amounted to a backhanded compliment to his integrity”
    “a backhanded and dishonest way of reaching his goal”
    Synonyms:
    indirect
    extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action
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