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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).
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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
in a backhanded manner
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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.
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|Adj.||1.||backhanded - (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"
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1. ambiguous, ironic, indirect, sarcastic, oblique, sardonic, double-edged, equivocal, with tongue in cheek a backhanded compliment
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
backhanded[ˌbækˈhændɪd] adj [remark] → à double tranchant; [compliment] → à double tranchant, faux(fausse)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
backhanded[ˌbækˈhændɪd] adj (blow) → con il dorso della mano (Tennis) (stroke) → di rovescio
backhanded compliment → complimento ambiguo
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