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backhand (adj.)

1690s, "having the hand turned backward;" see back (adv.) + hand (n.). By 1894 in reference to handwriting that flows at a back-slant. As a verb, by 1857. As a noun, in reference to tennis, 1890, short for backhand stroke or volley. The figurative adjectival sense of "indirect" is from c. 1800. Related: Backhanded; backhanding.

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Definitions of backhand from WordNet
1
backhand (adj.)
(of racket strokes) made across the body with back of hand facing direction of stroke;
Synonyms: backhanded
backhand (adj.)
(of handwriting) having the letters slanting backward;
Synonyms: left-slanting
2
backhand (v.)
hit a tennis ball backhand;
3
backhand (n.)
a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke;
Synonyms: backhand stroke / backhand shot
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