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 the back of your hand

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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 — ► NOUN 1) a backhand stroke or blow. 2) Brit. informal a bribe …   English terms dictionary

  • backhander — [bak′han΄dər] n. [Brit. Informal] Brit. Informal 1. an uncomplimentary remark 2. BRIBE (n. 1) …   English World 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… …  

  • 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

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