Meaning of “backhanded” in the English Dictionary

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"backhanded" in British English

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backhandedadjective

uk /ˌbækˈhæn.dɪd/ us /ˌbækˈhæn.dɪd/

A backhanded remark seems pleasant but may really be a criticism or mean something unkind:

a backhanded compliment

(Definition of “backhanded” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"backhanded" in American English

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backhandedadjective

us /ˈbækˈhæn·dɪd/

(of something said) not clear and usually meaning the opposite of what it seems to mean:

Her backhanded compliments annoyed everyone.

(Definition of “backhanded” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)