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forehand

[fawr-hand, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌhænd, ˈfoʊr-/
adjective
1.
(in tennis, squash, etc.) of, pertaining to, or noting a stroke made from the same side of the body as that of the hand holding the racket, paddle, etc.
Compare backhand (def 5).
2.
being in front or ahead.
3.
foremost or leading.
4.
done beforehand; given or made in advance, as a payment.
noun
5.
(in tennis, squash, etc.) a forehand stroke.
6.
the part of a horse that is in front of the rider.
7.
Cards. the player on the dealer's left, in a game with three players.
Compare endhand, middlehand.
8.
Archaic. a superior or advantageous position.
adverb
9.
(in tennis, squash, etc.) with a forehand stroke.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; fore- + hand
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British Dictionary definitions for fore-hand

forehand

/ˈfɔːˌhænd/
adjective (prenominal)
1.
(sport)
  1. (of a stroke) made with the racket held so that the wrist is facing the direction of the stroke
  2. of or relating to the right side of a right-handed player or the left side of a left-handed player
2.
foremost or paramount
3.
done or given beforehand
noun
4.
(sport)
  1. a forehand stroke
  2. the side on which such strokes are made
5.
the part of a horse in front of the saddle
6.
a frontal position
adverb
7.
(sport) with a forehand stroke
verb
8.
(sport) to play (a shot) forehand
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Word Origin and History for fore-hand

forehand

tennis stroke, 1879 (adj.), 1909 (n.), from fore- + hand (n.). Earlier it meant "position in front or above" (16c.); hence forehanded "prudent." Earliest use of the word is in archery, forehand shaft "arrow for shooting straight in front" (1540s).

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