• WordNet 3.6
    • adj 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"
    • adj backhanded (of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Backhanded Indirect; awkward; insincere; sarcastic; as, a backhanded compliment.
    • Backhanded Turned back, or inclining to the left; as, backhanded letters.
    • Backhanded With the hand turned backward; as, a backhanded blow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • backhanded With the back of the hand: as, a backhanded blow.
    • backhanded Done or effected with the hand turned backward, crosswise, or in any oblique direction; marked by a backward slope, direction, or effect: as, backhanded writing; a backhanded stroke in sword-play or lawn-tennis. In the latter game a backhanded stroke is one that causes the ball to rotate so as to have a tendency on striking the ground to bound backward in the direction of the striker.
    • backhanded Figuratively, oblique in meaning; indirect; equivocal; ambiguous; sarcastic: as, a backhanded compliment.
    • backhanded Twisted in the opposite way from the usual method: said of a rope.
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In literature:

Perhaps it is only another aspect of the spirit of altruism, a sort of backhanded vicariousness.
"The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner" by Charles Dudley Warner
With a backhand he knocked Cameron flat, out of range.
"The Patrol of the Sun Dance Trail" by Ralph Connor
I received a backhanded slap: 'Peg Woffington!
"Peg Woffington" by Charles Reade
Bloom releases his hand and writes idly on the table in backhand, pencilling slow curves.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Rudolph, his cheeks on fire, darted past and dealt, full force, a clumsy backhand sweep of the arm.
"Dragon's blood" by Henry Milner Rideout
Most players are weaker on their backhand.
"Lawn Tennis for Ladies" by Mrs. Lambert Chambers
That last backhander at the claret-jug had determined him.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
LETTERS: The feminine language, when committed to paper, with a stub pen and backhanded chirography, is known as a letter.
"Mince Pie" by Christopher Darlington Morley
The address was in a backhand.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
One of the detectives took the woman by the arm; she jerked it loose and aimed a backhand slap at him.
"Time Crime" by H. Beam Piper

In news:

With a backhand flip less than 10 minutes into the game, Ashley Dona became the most prolific goal scorer in the history of Johnstown field hockey.
Magnus plays soccer whenever he can break away from the board, he's got a mean backhand and he is also moonlighting as a model.
Getty ImagesA slice backhand and a brilliant net game helped Martina Navratilova win a record nine Wimbledon singles titles.
Two Grand Slam titles and several dives in the rankings later, is she putting her formidable backhand to bed forever.
1 Carlos Moya hits a backhand during his first-round match against Tim Smyczek at the BNP Paribas Open.
The one-handed slice backhand is an essential part of a good player's arsenal.
Bannister got caught up in racketeering charges with the sleazy Barry the Backhander when his law firm represented one of Barry's real-estate transactions.
Mal begins the book as a convict, an ex-Marine and former lawyer who got caught up in racketeering charges related to a crooked influence peddler nicknamed Barry the Backhander.
Professional wrestler CM Punk backhands and then smacks a fan in the jaw after running into the crowd during a show KOVR-TV's Laura Cole reports.
They whipped forehands side to side and chased down backhands, combining for 109 winners over 332 total points played in five sets over four-and-a-half grinding, grueling hours.
Mats Sundin's backhand deserves showcase of its own in Hall of Fame: DiManno.
He gave a backhanded compliment to the Patriots' No.
Juan Monaco of Argentina lines up a backhand during his victory Kei Nishikori of Japan in the semifinals on the Malaysia Open.
Terrence Howard catches a backhand from ex-girlfriend.
Terrence recently broke up with ex-girlfriend, Seng Yang and she went to house his house that night to give him a Will Smith backhand slap.

In science:

Of course, if we do, at each time t, a “coarse graining” of ρ over the cell ΓMt then we are essentially back to dealing with ρMt , and we are just defining SB in a backhanded way.
From Time-symmetric Microscopic Dynamics to Time-asymmetric Macroscopic Behavior: An Overview