First Known Use of underhanded
Definition of underhanded
- an underhanded attempt to gain power
Examples of underhanded in a Sentence
the commercial is a part of an underhanded PR campaign to whitewash the company's environmental record
an underhanded attempt at infiltrating the other party's headquarters
Recent Examples of underhanded from the Web
A shot patented by his father, Hall of Famer Rick Barry, Barry attempts his free throws underhanded.
Once a sport dominated by senior citizens because of the smaller sized court, underhanded serve and lighter ball, pickleball is now drawing more players of all ages.
Episode after episode featured men embodying the worst of the traits that are so commonly attributed to black women on corresponding reality programs — cattiness, dramatics, and underhanded antics for the sake of camera time and Pollard’s adoration.
He was halted on a fast break, tossed the ball off the board underhanded, sped past his defenders, and dunked it.
In West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a fierce critic of Modi, said that the government’s passage of the rules using anti-animal cruelty laws was underhanded and amounted to federal interference in state decisions.
Such a workload is heavy but nonetheless common in softball due to the underhanded throwing motion that is easier on a pitcher's body.
Their performance was particularly noteworthy since Riad had to serve underhanded for the entire match.
After Straily fielded the comebacker and underhanded to first for the out, Mattingly and others visited the mound.
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First Known Use of underhanded
Synonymsbent [chiefly British], crooked, deceptive, double-dealing, duplicitous, fast, fraudulent, guileful, rogue, shady, sharp, shifty, underhand, dishonest
Antonymsaboveboard, honest, straight
Related Wordsunconscionable, unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulous; deceitful, deceiving, deluding, delusive, delusory, false; artful, beguiling, cagey (also cagy), crafty, cunning, foxy, slick, sly, subtle, wily; defrauding, devious, furtive, slippery, sneaking, sneaky, trickish, tricky; insidious, perfidious, treacherous
Near Antonymsconscientious, decent, ethical, honorable, just, scrupulous, upright; forthright, straightforward
Synonym Discussion of underhanded
- met at a secret location
- covert intelligence operations
- the stealthy step of a burglar
- lovers exchanging furtive glances
- a clandestine meeting of conspirators
- the surreptitious stockpiling of weapons
- an underhanded trick
UNDERHANDED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of underhanded for English Language Learners
: done in a secret and dishonest way : intended to deceive or trick someone
UNDERHANDED Defined for Kids
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