Backhanded - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌbækˈhændɪd|  American pronunciation of the word backhanded
Brit.  |bakˈhandɪd|  British pronunciation of the word backhanded
- this word is a past tense form of the verbto backhand
- this word is a past participle form of the verbto backhand

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

Examples

We were disappointed by his backhanded apology.

...“You throw okay, for a girl” is a bit of a backhanded compliment...

One would have to strike backhanded.

It is much more difficult to volley a high lob backhanded than forehanded.

attacks from that source amounted to a backhanded compliment to his integrity

a backhanded and dishonest way of reaching his goal

'You've got a brain. Try using it.' 'Thanks for the backhanded compliment!'

Giddens is often described by colleagues as "ambitious" ... - a backhanded compliment in the staid world of British academe.

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