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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Synonyms for backhander


boodle, bribe, cumshaw, fix, sop

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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

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If not for McAvoy, who swatted the puck out of midair after Alex Pietrangelo’s backhander crackled the post and sneaked behind Rask, Jaden Schwartz would have been positioned to jam it in. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Stanley Cup Finals Headed to Game 7 After Bruins Wallop Blues," 9 June 2019 Eakin flicked in a backhander past Jones at 5:30 of the second period for 21st goal to give Vegas a 2-1 lead. Gideon Rubin, The Seattle Times, "Burns scores in OT, Sharks top Golden Knights 4-3," 30 Mar. 2019 Thomas opened the scoring with 4:51 left in the first period, coming from behind the net and beating Schneider with a backhander for his ninth goal. Tom Canavan, The Seattle Times, "Vince Dunn scores late in OT, Blues beat Devils 3-2," 30 Mar. 2019 Then Bozak capped the wild scoring spree at 5:51, sending a backhander over Saros’ stick for a 3-1 lead. Teresa M. Walker, The Seattle Times, "Tarasenko gets hat trick as Blues beat Predators 5-4 in OT," 11 Feb. 2019 Mantha stole the puck at the Washington blue line, skated in and beat goalie Braden Holtby with a backhander between the pads. Noah Trister, The Seattle Times, "Capitals rally in third to edge Red Wings 3-2," 6 Jan. 2019 Edmund set up match point with an ace and then waited while a video challenge confirmed that Dimitrov's floating backhander was long. USA TODAY, "The Latest: Wozniacki advances to Australian Open semifinal," 22 Jan. 2018 Claude Giroux’s turnover led to a Crosby breakaway, but Elliott stopped his backhander with 7:28 to go in the second. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers rebound from drubbing, stun Penguins, 5-1, to even series," 13 Apr. 2018 Giroux, who set up the Flyers’ first goal, took a long pass from Brandon Manning (three points) and beat goalie Craig Anderson by faking a backhander and scoring on a reach-around forehand shot. Sam Carchidi,, "Soaring Flyers move into first-place tie (temporarily) as they whip Ottawa," 24 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of backhander

sports : a backhanded shot

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