underhand

[uhn-der-hand]
adjective
1.
not open and aboveboard; secret and crafty or dishonorable: an underhand deal with the chief of police.
2.
executed with the hand below the level of the shoulder and the palm turned upward and forward: an underhand delivery of a ball.
adverb
3.
with the hand below the level of the shoulder and the palm turned upward and forward: to bowl underhand.
4.
secretly; stealthily; slyly.

Origin:
before 900; 1530–40 for def 1; Middle English under hande (adv.) under rule, Old English underhand. See under-, hand


1. stealthy, sly, clandestine, surreptitious.
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underhand (ˈʌndəˌhænd)
 
adj
1.  clandestine, deceptive, or secretive
2.  sport another word for underarm
 
adv
3.  in an underhand manner or style

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underhand
O.E. under hand "in subjection," from under + hand. Sense of "secret, stealthy, surreptitious" first recorded 1538. For sense development, cf. M.Du. onderhanden "by degrees, slowly," Du. onderhandsch "secret, private." The adj. is attested from 1545.
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Example sentences
Shooting a basketball underhand gives your shot far better arc and spin.
The darts are intended to be grasped by the rod and thrown underhand toward a
  target.
Strike an object with an underhand and a side orientation.
The object is to throw the medicine ball back and forth over the net using a
  variety of overhead, underhand and side throws.
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