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
And the local community continues to be a splintered one, despite the collaborative efforts of some, in which petty backbiting and underhanded malicious maneuvers strive to sabotage one another's efforts.
Democrats in the House complained that Speaker Paul Ryan used underhanded tactics after an amendment was stripped from a military spending bill that would have repealed the 2001 war authorization 240 days after the bill was enacted.
Wilson hates the signs and the logbooks, interpreting them as underhanded attempts by a handful of ranchers to dictate who gets to enter federal property adjacent to their own.
Critics have blamed the opposition defeat on underhanded government tactics, including changing polling stations at the last minute and, in some instances, allegedly deploying pro-government thugs to attack opposition voters.
The narrative's momentum derails when his family gets sucked into the turmoil, especially Barry’s good-for-nothing brother-in-law (Caleb Landry Jones, who’s become Hollywood’s go-to for skeevy, underhanded white guys).
The more likely possibility is that nothing happens and everything goes back to normal in terms of underhanded money.
Far fewer know about the arguably underhanded way this all went down.
After duping Lendl at the 1989 French Open, guess how many more underhanded serves Chang hit during his career?
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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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