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back·hand·ed

 (băk′hăn′dĭd)
adj.
1. Sports Made with or using a backhand: a backhanded shot into the opponent's court.
2. Oblique or roundabout: "Maybe [avant-garde novels'] frustrating lack of plot is a backhanded tribute to plots" (Harvey Cox).
3. Having derogatory or insulting implications: "Everyone...said how wonderful, how glamorous she looked, but even that was a sort of backhanded compliment, with the unspoken addendum, for your age" (Freda Warrington).

back′hand′ed·ly adv.
back′hand′ed·ness n.

backhanded

(ˌbækˈhændɪd)
adj
1. (of a blow, shot, stroke, etc) performed with the arm moving across the body
2. double-edged; equivocal: a backhanded compliment.
3. (of handwriting) slanting to the left
4. (Knots) (of a rope) twisted in the opposite way to the normal right-handed direction
adv
in a backhanded manner
ˌbackˈhandedly adv
ˌbackˈhandedness n

back•hand•ed

(ˈbækˌhæn dɪd)

adj.
1. performed with the back of the hand turned or facing forward: a backhanded stroke.
2. sloping in a downward direction from left to right: backhanded writing.
3. oblique or ambiguous in meaning: a backhanded compliment.
adv.
4. with the hand across the body; backhand: He caught the ball backhanded.
[1790–1800]
back′hand`ed•ly, adv.
back′hand`ed•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.backhanded - (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of strokebackhanded - (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke
2.backhanded - roundabout or ambiguous; "attacks from that source amounted to a backhanded compliment to his integrity"; "a backhanded and dishonest way of reaching his goal"
indirect - extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow"

backhanded

adjective
2. indirect, rambling, roundabout, meandering, devious, oblique, circuitous, circumlocutory, periphrastic In a backhanded way, he raises yet another objection.
Translations

backhanded

[ˈbækˈhændɪd] ADJ
1. [blow] → de revés
2. (fig) [compliment] → ambiguo, equívoco

backhanded

[ˌbækˈhændɪd] adj [remark] → à double tranchant; [compliment] → à double tranchant, faux(fausse)

backhanded

[ˌbækˈhændɪd] adj (blow) → con il dorso della mano (Tennis) (stroke) → di rovescio
backhanded compliment → complimento ambiguo
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40) Greene has put the title, and the question of its legitimacy, in play backhandedly by making his Countess a representative of true Scottish nobility, by both birth and virtue, now come under serious threat.
There has to be a way to increase tax revenue without doing it so backhandedly, while simultaneously putting more dough in the pockets of our poorest.
But while Emmy and Dory are indeed described with imagery lavishly redolent of the divine, there is nothing "divine" about the portrayal of Sally, and Cook backhandedly admits this, observing without accounting for the fact that despite the superiority of Sally's sexual relationship to Dory's, "Sally's importance in the novel is sublimated [sic] to Dory" (85).
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Heilman also cites certain inconsistencies, namely that women in general have been stereotyped (Heilman 227) and that Hermione is backhandedly included in adventures (224), in this case as the mother figure.
And he attributes this discovery to Levi, although backhandedly, for Levi himself was only aware of it "in the form of a dream" (RA, 101).
However, he does attempt backhandedly to put on the defensive those who do want to live as long as possible.
This scholarship shows that such treaties weakened Siam politically, even if they backhandedly helped consolidate royal power and wealth domestically.
5) The fact, for example, that the Dominican Eckhart holds backhandedly his arm out to the Franciscan Ockham has been discussed by Leff 1967:259-260: "In both cases, the emphasis was upon God's indefinability in terms of external wisdom--ineffability for the mystic; unpredictability for the Ockhamist.
Forster, rather backhandedly, compliments Dickens for spinning a tale whose compelling onward momentum does enough to distract us from some clumsy gear-shifts along the way (220-21).
Monitor, so, rather backhandedly, I guess, you could say that this Massachusetts derringer has a convoluted connection with the South after all.
5) Although Kingsley later tempered his praise with poison in a public review of the poem, he still backhandedly admired "the wonderful beauty of its poetry," thereby initiating a reviewer tradition of separating the poem's "poetry" from its overt Catholic theology.