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See also: under-handed
- Done by moving the hand (and arm) from below.
- Sly, dishonest, corrupt, cheating.
- His underhanded trick backfired and he was disqualified.
- Insincere; sarcastic.
2014, Julie Levinson, Alexander Payne: Interviews, ISBN 1626742855:
- “Have you seen my film?” He's asking about Election, his deliriously sardonic and underhanded satire of politics and high school culture that follows trepidatious government teacher (Matthew Broderick) through increasingly bizarre attempts to sideline a senior's fanatical student body presidential campaign.
- An underhanded compliment is actually criticism.
- Secret; surreptitious.
1903, Arthur Wellington Brayley, Arthur Wilson Tarbell, & Joe Mitchell Chapple, National Magazine - Volume 19, page 493:
- And, although the mystery of an unsigned note rather thrilled her, it seemed underhanded. And June hated underhanded things.
1918, Cambrian ... Published in the Interest of the Welsh People and Their Descendants in the United States Volume 38:
- A general agreement should be made among the nations, that henceforth, all underhanded diplomatic agreements be abolished, and that complete publicity be observed in discussing and transacting international affairs.
1877, Charles Rathbone Low, History of the Indian Navy: (1613-1863), page 209:
- Between 9.30, when the first shot was fired, and 11.45 a.m., the enemy, well aware of his vast superiority in men — the ' Intrepid,' being, as was usual with the Company's cruisers, underhanded — made two attempts to run her on board and throw an overpowering force on the brig's decks.
2012, Christopher Taylor, The Black Carib Wars: Freedom, Survival, and the Making of the Garifuna, page 1617033111:
- The government believed that most plantations in St. Vincent were “underhanded” and the phenomenon of runaways, or marronage, only exacerbated the problem.
- (all, except "understaffed"): underhand
- In an underhanded manner.
- (in an underhanded manner): underhandedly
in an underhand manner
- simple past tense and past participle of
underhanded pl (plural only)
- Devious people, collectively.