Definition of backhander in English:


Line breaks: back|hand¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈbakhandə


  • 1A blow made with the back of the hand: shut up, or I’ll give you a backhander
  • 1.1A backhand stroke or shot in a game: Hunter flipped in a backhander
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    • All of these tactics can work, just as a slap shot, a snap shot, a wrist shot or a backhander will work in the right situation.
    • Gathering the puck, he sent a backhander past the goalie, tying the game.
    • There was no hesitation, as there has been with so many other shooters, before he fired a backhander behind the goalie.
  • 2British informal A secret and illegal payment; a bribe: a fortune had been paid in backhanders to local officials
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    • The problem is not just the bribes and the backhanders, it is the way political parties are financed through private donations.
    • Detectives are investigating a senior figure at the Council following claims that the official received backhanders from companies which operated local council contracts.
    • His payment for the information he provided was modest, as backhanders go: a small truck.

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