underhanded


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un·der·hand·ed

 (ŭn′dər-hăn′dĭd)
adj.
1. Acting or done in a deceptive, secret, or sly manner; dishonest and sneaky. See Synonyms at secret.
2. Underhand: an underhanded toss.
adv.
1. In a sly and secret way.
2. With an underhand movement.

un′der·hand′ed·ly adv.
un′der·hand′ed·ness n.

underhanded

(ˌʌndəˈhændɪd)
adj
another word for underhand, short-handed
ˌunderˈhandedly adv
ˌunderˈhandedness n

un•der•hand

(ˈʌn dərˌhænd)

adj.
1. not open and aboveboard; secret and crafty.
2. executed with the hand below the level of the shoulder and the palm turned upward and forward: an underhand pitch.
adv.
3. with the hand below the level of the shoulder and the palm turned upward and forward.
4. secretly; stealthily.
[1530–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.underhanded - marked by deceptionunderhanded - marked by deception; "achieved success in business only by underhand methods"
corrupt, crooked - not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
2.underhanded - with hand brought forward and up from below shoulder levelunderhanded - with hand brought forward and up from below shoulder level; "an underhand pitch"; "an underhand stroke"
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

underhanded

adjective
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Harris was greatly touched with this mark of confidence, and said so, in a voice that had a perceptible tremble in it; but at the same time he said he did not feel himself worthy of so conspicuous a favor; that it might cause jealousy in the command, for there were plenty who would not hesitate to say he had used underhanded means to get the appointment, whereas his conscience would bear him witness that he had not sought it at all, nor even, in his secret heart, desired it.
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It is that he cannot have too little to do with people who are too deep for him and cannot be too careful of interference with matters he does not understand--that the plain rule is to do nothing in the dark, to be a party to nothing underhanded or mysterious, and never to put his foot where he cannot see the ground.
You are reproaching me, underhanded, with having nobody but you to look to.
But the craft, the secrecy, the dark deep underhanded plotting, written in Mrs Boffin's countenance, make me shudder.'
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This selected Govt continues to try every underhanded tactic to break his resolve.
This selected Gov't continues to try every underhanded tactic to break his resolve.
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