backhander

noun
back·​hand·​er | \ ˈbak-ˈhan-dər How to pronounce backhander (audio) \

Definition of backhander

1 British : bribe
2 : a backhand shot

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Examples of backhander in a Sentence

She hit a backhander into the net. the customs official let us know that he might be prepared to look the other way if an appropriate backhander was slipped into his palm
Recent Examples on the Web The Wings scored their first power play goal in nine games, a backhander by Robby Fabbri off a Larkin pass, but that unit was awful on its other three opportunities. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' Dylan Larkin shows some frustration as losses continue to mount," 1 Dec. 2019 Grubauer made a glove save on Ryan Donato’s backhander in the first period, and Ryan Hartman’s chance just ahead of the Colorado defense went wide right in the second. Michael Kelly, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rantanen extends hot start, leads Avs past Wild 4-2," 5 Oct. 2019 The Bruins took the lead early in the second when Spooner's backhander from just outside the crease caromed into the net off the right skate of Montreal forward Jonathan Drouin. USA TODAY, "Bruins beat Canadiens 4-1 in coach Julien's return to Boston," 17 Jan. 2018 On the first, Ondrej Kase cut in and the goalie made a blocker save on a backhander. Ken Powtak, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pastrnak scores 4 goals to carry Bruins past Ducks 4-2," 14 Oct. 2019 Nielsen also had the Wings' next shot on net during a short-handed situation but Campbell made another leg save on his backhander. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings take a step back in 4-2 loss to Western Conference-worst Kings," 16 Dec. 2019 Jakub Lauko opened the scoring with an impressive backhander from the left circle after slicing past the Flyers’ Justin Braun at the blue line at 9:32 of the opening period. BostonGlobe.com, "The Bruins, 2-1-1 in the preseason, snapped a three-game home losing streak – their only Garden victory in the Cup Final was in Game 1 May 27. But the concern now is preparing for the regular season, which starts at Dallas Oct. 3.," 24 Sep. 2019 Chris Wagner was the only one of six Boston shooters to connect in the shootout, potting a dazzling backhander to keep the Bruins alive immediately after the Hughes goal. BostonGlobe.com, "NEWARK — On the verge of carrying a ego-boosting four-game winning streak into the new year, the Bruins tipped over the punch bowl and sent the dessert tray skittering across the ice Tuesday afternoon, turning their comfy 2-0 lead into a 3-2 shootout loss to the Devils at the Prudential Center.," 1 Jan. 2020 Anthony Mantha's backhander in the final minute was also turned aside. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings take a step back in 4-2 loss to Western Conference-worst Kings," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of backhander

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of backhander was in 1803

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“Backhander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backhander. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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backhander

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How to pronounce backhander (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of backhander

sports : a backhanded shot

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