Definition of backhanded adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌbækˈhændɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbækˈhændɪd//
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  • having a meaning that is not directly or clearly expressed, or that is not intended
  • Idioms
    a backhanded compliment (North American English also left-handed compliment)
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    a remark that seems to express admiration but could also be understood as an insult
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: backhanded