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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Synonyms for backhander

Synonyms

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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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, Philly.com, "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, Philly.com, "Soaring Flyers move into first-place tie (temporarily) as they whip Ottawa," 24 Feb. 2018 Game 7: Ed Westfall, the Islanders captain, scored on a backhander with six minutes left in a 1-0 game that must have been gripping. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Plenty of Philly connections on teams that overcame 0-3 deficits," 9 May 2018 Paquette put the Lightning up 3-1 at 3:12 of the second when his backhander from behind the net went in off Kuemper's left leg. USA TODAY, "Vasilevskiy makes 44 saves, Lightning beat Kings 4-3," 10 Feb. 2018 Fleury didn't stand a chance against John Carlson, who scored an easy backhander after a beautiful feed from Oshie, who wrapped a pass around defenseman Shea Theodore across the slot. W.g. Ramirez, baltimoresun.com, "Goalies Holtby, Fleury under siege in Stanley Cup Final Game 1 shootout between Caps, Knights," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of backhander

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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backhander

noun

English Language Learners Definition of backhander

sports : a backhanded shot

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