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 Sun Devils defenseman Tanner Hickey draped all over him and lifted a backhander past DeBrouwer for his third goal and fifth point of the series. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 22 Jan. 2021 Pera, often cracking a blistering two-hand backhander, bolted to a 4-0 lead in the opening set in less than 15 minutes. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 12 Aug. 2022 His neat backhander, assisted by Phillip Danault, was a thing of beauty. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Kocur went hard to his forehand, and when Hextall bit on the fake, Kocur roofed his backhander. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 31 May 2022 The toughest of those were on a tip by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and a tight backhander from Anthony Cirelli. Filip Bondy, Hartford Courant, 12 June 2022 Chytil got his second of the night and fourth of the postseason on a backhander past Kochetkov through traffic from the left circle at 6:47 to restore the Rangers’ three-goal lead. Vin A. Cherwoo, Hartford Courant, 29 May 2022 Andrei Svechnikov also scored, beating Igor Shesterkin with a backhander on a breakaway midway through the third period as the Hurricanes protected their Game 5 lead. Aaron Beard, Hartford Courant, 27 May 2022 Larionov scored again less than 5½ minutes later on a high backhander with Roy out of position trying for a loose puck. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 22 May 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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