backhander

noun
back·hand·er | \ˈbak-ˈhan-dər \

Definition of backhander 

1 British : bribe

2 : a backhand shot

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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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 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, The Seattle Times, "Goalies under siege in Game 1 shootout between Caps, Knights," 28 May 2018 Then Stastny put a backhander off Rinne and into the net for a 2-0 lead on just seven shots. New York Times, "Winnipeg Stuns the Predators to Reach Its First Conference Final," 11 May 2018 Then Stastny put a backhander off Rinne and into the net 2:06 later for a 2-0 lead on just seven shots. Teresa M. Walker, chicagotribune.com, "Vegas next in Western final after Jets stun Preds in Game 7," 10 May 2018 Barney, who won a Gold Glove as a second baseman with the Chicago Cubs in 2012, had a backhander pop out of his glove once at Nationals Park. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Glove love: Why MLB players are so superstitious and meticulous about them | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 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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