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Meaning of “backhand” in the English Dictionary

"backhand" in British English

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backhandnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbæk.hænd/
(in ​sports such as ​tennis) a ​hit in which the ​arm is ​broughtacross the ​body with the back of the ​handfacing the same ​direction as the ​hit itself, or the player's ​ability to ​perform this ​hit: What a ​wonderful backhand return! Nadal has one of the ​finest backhands in the ​game. Serve to his backhand.
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(Definition of backhand from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"backhand" in American English

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backhandnoun [C]

 us   /ˈbækˌhænd/
(in ​sports such as ​tennis) a way of ​hitting the ​ball in which the back of the ​handholding the ​racket is ​turned in the ​direction you ​want to ​hit the ​ball
(Definition of backhand from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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