- backhander ► NOUN 1) a backhand stroke or blow. 2) Brit. informal a bribe.
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backhander — back‧hand‧er [ˈbækhændə ǁ ər] noun [countable] informal an amount of money or something valuable that someone gives you to persuade you to help them or do something dishonest for them; = BRIBE: • A former Ministry of Defence worker has been found … Financial and business terms
Backhander — Back hand er, n. A backhanded blow. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
backhander — [bak′han΄dər] n. [Brit. Informal] Brit. Informal 1. an uncomplimentary remark 2. BRIBE (n. 1) … English World dictionary
backhander — UK [ˈbækˌhændə(r)] / US [ˈbækˌhændər] noun [countable] Word forms backhander : singular backhander plural backhanders British informal 1) money that you pay secretly to someone to make them do what you want 2) the action of hitting someone with… … English dictionary
backhander — /ˈbækhændə / (say bakhanduh) noun 1. a backhanded blow or stroke: *Donnelly unleashed a backhander that slammed his wife against the sink. –joan m. bean, 1983. 2. Colloquial an indirectly insulting remark. 3. Colloquial a bribe: she slipped the… … Australian English dictionary
backhander — n. a backhand slap in the face. □ Then she gave me a powerful backhander without even looking to see who I was. □ Yes, officer, a perfectly strange woman came up and clobbered me with a backhander that loosened a tooth … Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions
Backhander — bribe: He slipped the witness a backhander ; blow to the face with the back of the hand … Dictionary of Australian slang
backhander — Australian Slang bribe: He slipped the witness a backhander ; blow to the face with the back of the hand … English dialects glossary
backhander — [[t]bæ̱khændə(r)[/t]] backhanders also back hander N COUNT A backhander is an amount of money that is illegally paid to someone in a position of authority in order to encourage them to do something. [BRIT, INFORMAL] Syn: bribe … English dictionary
backhander — a bribe Literally, a blow with the back of the hand. The giver of the bribe figuratively rotates his palm to conceal the passing of the money: Last year, a special adviser alleged in a video recording that Mr Chirac had sanctioned and… … How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms