Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- secret; clandestine
- (by extension) dishonest and sneaky; done in a secret or sly manner
- (in various ball games, of a ball) thrown (etc.) with the hand brought forward and up from below
- (all): underhanded
dishonest and sneaky
- with an underhand movement
- in a sly, sneaky or secret manner
- (in a secret manner): underhandedly
in a dishonest and sneaky manner
- To toss or lob with an underhand movement.
- To trick, deceive or gull.
1922, Baking Technology - Volumes 1-2, page 193:
- The time has arrived when monkeying with the public must cease, when lying and underhanding your competitor in the baking business must be banished from the plan of business development.
1994, Benjamin Gilad, Business blindspots:
- The other was that the majority of the purchasing contracts represented “good deals” because suppliers would not wish to be caught underhanding this company due to its size and influence in the market.
- (mining) To excavate downward in successive steps or horizontal slices while positioned above on unbroken ore.
1903, Mining Reporter - Volume 47, page 480:
- About one-half the body has been mined by underhanding into mill holes; but with the adoption of the water drill, shrinkage stoping is being largely used and the larger stopes are mined as at Levack.
1925, Bureau of Mines Information Circular, page 166:
- The floors are then extracted by underhanding, and finally the pillars at the levels are trimmed to the minimum size necessary to support the walls.
1942, Mining Technology - Volume 6, Issue 1, page 9:
- This method is used only in a one-set panel mined from level to level by underhanding into the chute at the foot- wall end of the previous panel.
underhand (plural underhands)
- (textiles) The lower of two hands, the hand under the work.
- Your underhand should be entirely under the quilt.