backhanded compliment

noun

Definition of backhanded compliment

: a compliment that implies it is not really a compliment at all She paid me a backhanded compliment when she said my work was "surprisingly good."

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“Backhanded compliment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backhanded%20compliment. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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