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backhand

[bak-hand] /ˈbækˌhænd/
noun
1.
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.
2.
(in tennis, squash, etc.) a stroke made from the side of the body opposite to that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc.
3.
handwriting that slopes toward the left.
adjective
5.
(in tennis, squash, etc.) of, pertaining to, or noting a stroke made from the side of the body opposite to that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc.
Compare forehand (def 1).
adverb
6.
with the back of the hand:
He hit him backhand across the face.
7.
from across the body; backhanded:
She returned the ball backhand on the first serve.
verb (used with object)
8.
to strike with the back of the hand.
9.
to hit, produce, or accomplish with a backhand.
10.
to catch (a ball or the like) backhanded.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; back2 + hand
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British Dictionary definitions for back hand

backhand

/ˈbækˌhænd/
noun
1.
(sport)
  1. a stroke made across the body with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke
  2. (as modifier): a backhand return
2.
the side on which backhand strokes are made
3.
handwriting slanting to the left
adverb
4.
with a backhand stroke
verb (transitive)
5.
(sport) to play (a shot) backhand
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Word Origin and History for back hand

backhand

n.

as a tennis stroke, 1650s, from back (adv.) + hand. As a verb, by 1935. The figurative adjectival sense of "indirect" is from c.1800. Related: Backhanded; backhanding.

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