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underhanded

[uhn-der-han-did] /ˈʌn dərˈhæn dɪd/
adjective
1.
2.
short-handed:
By the time of the Navy game, Army usually finds itself underhanded.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; under- + handed
Related forms
underhandedly, adverb
underhandedness, noun
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  • In a bar, for instance, he watched bartenders use a counterintuitive underhanded maneuver to grab and pour from a bottle.
  • Nothing in the book suggests the use of underhanded or brutal techniques.
  • Those are the powerhouses where there's a lot of recruiting, a lot of it underhanded.
  • In the week to come, pull yourself up to your full height and stand tall even when tempted to stoop to do something underhanded.
  • It is an underhanded, two-faced way for businesses to cheat their patrons.
  • Then she pushed the ball upward, throwing it underhanded.
  • Provide a mechanism for members of the public to submit reports of fraud and underhanded tactics to such an organization.
  • The planning was marked by a number of underhanded tactics.
  • Although online selling and bidding can be safe and fun, auction sites also attract crooked and underhanded practices.
  • They're making it harder and harder for legitimate business to compete because they're engaged in many underhanded tactics.
British Dictionary definitions for underhanded

underhand

/ˈʌndəˌhænd/
adjective
1.
clandestine, deceptive, or secretive
2.
(sport) another word for underarm
adverb
3.
in an underhand manner or style

underhanded

/ˌʌndəˈhændɪd/
adjective
1.
another word for underhand, short-handed
Derived Forms
underhandedly, adverb
underhandedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for underhanded
adj.

in reference to a throw, etc., c.1822, from underhand. As "in secret," from 1825; as "with too few people," from 1834.

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