Definition of backhander in English:

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backhander

Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌhandər/

noun

1A backhand stroke or shot in a game.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1A blow made with the back of the hand.
2British informal A secret payment, typically one made illegally; a bribe.
Example sentences
  • 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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