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backhander

[bak-han-der] /ˈbækˌhæn dər/
noun
1.
a backhanded slap, punch, stroke, or play.
2.
British Slang.
  1. a drink served out of turn to a guest as a bottle or decanter is passed around the table during dessert.
  2. a bribe.
Origin of backhander
1795-1805
1795-1805; backhand + -er1
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  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for backhander

backhander

/ˈbækˌhændə/
noun
1.
a backhanded stroke or blow
2.
(informal) an indirect attack
3.
(slang) a bribe
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Slang definitions & phrases for backhander

backhander

noun

  1. A blow made with the back of a hand, esp to the face
  2. Secret payment
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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