backhander(redirected from backhanders)
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Made with the back of the dominant hand facing forward: hit a backhand shot over the net.
a. A backhand stroke or shot, as in tennis or hockey.
b. A position for controlling a ball or puck, in which the back of the dominant hand faces forward: moved the puck to his backhand before shooting.
c. A catch made in baseball by reaching across the body with the palm turned toward the ball.
2. Handwriting characterized by letters that slant to the left.
With a backhanded stroke or motion.
tr.v. back·hand·ed, back·hand·ing, back·hands Sports
To perform, catch, or hit with a backhand: She backhanded the ball crosscourt.
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1. a backhanded stroke or blow
2. informal an indirect attack
3. slang a bribe
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backhander[ˈbækˈhændəʳ] N (Brit)
1. (= blow) → revés m
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
backhander[ˈbækhændər] n (British) (= bribe) → pot-de-vin m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
backhander[ˈbækˌhændəʳ] n (Brit) (bribe) → bustarella
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995