a backhanded slap, punch, stroke, or play.
a drink served out of turn to a guest as a bottle or decanter is passed around the table during dessert.
A few blows of scorn might suffice—a backhander across the snout, a few swishes with a stick, a kick behind when he turned.
The Devil’s Garden W. B. Maxwell
He administered a backhander to Elgood as he spoke, and the next minute Charlie, roused beyond all bearing, had knocked him down.
St. Winifred’s Frederic W. Farrar
But no vibration of any such impatience was in Merivales voice, and in his words there was no backhander to answer it.
The Angel of Pain E. F. Benson
a backhanded stroke or blow
(informal) an indirect attack
(slang) a bribe
A blow made with the back of a hand, esp to the face
a stroke, slap, etc., made with the palm of the hand turned toward the body and the back of the hand turned in the direction of the stroke, slap, etc. (in tennis, squash, etc.) a stroke made from the side of the body opposite to that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc. handwriting […]
the return trip of a vehicle, as a truck, transporting cargo or freight, especially when carrying goods back over all or part of the same route.
a hydraulic excavating machine consisting of a tractor having an attached hinged boom, with a bucket with movable jaws on the end of the boom. Contemporary Examples Leon drove the van down a dirt trail and stopped near the backhoe, which had finished its digging and was now just waiting. John Grisham’s First Short Story: […]
a building behind the main building, often serving a subsidiary purpose. a privy; outhouse. Historical Examples Woldest thou not driue them in to the contrey, & put the one to the backhouse, the other to the plowe. The Education of Children Desiderius Erasmus Broadfoot, backhouse, and Fenwick rallied and reanimated them. Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston […]