Adjective "underhand" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Acting or done in a secret or dishonest way.
  1. 'We don't do things underhand to score points on one another.'
  2. 'I feel the whole practice of gazumping completely unfair and underhand.'
  3. 'Few put the victory down to underhand influence however.'
  4. 'Perhaps it shows just how low local politics has sunk, that everything that happens must be regarded as an underhand conspiracy!'
  5. 'People who, up to this point, had let things roll by, were suddenly up in arms, venting their spleen, crying blue murder, suggesting some kind of unfair and underhand arrangement had been reached.'
  6. 'This would apparently allow players to know their market worth and to find the best deal for them, without the need for underhand wheeling and dealing.'
  7. 'The school cares and has anti-bullying policies, but bullying is often secretive and underhand.'
  8. 'You, of all people, should know the nature of my character - I have no qualms over using the most destructive, underhand methods to get what I want.'
  9. 'In the end, it was all right, I was cleared of any underhand dealings.'
  10. 'Meanwhile two books are coming out soon about the sport's language, amid claims of some underhand play.'
  1. as adverb 'I served underhand'
  2. 'This pass is thrown off the dribble, as the ball comes up to the dribblers hand, in an underhand motion.'
  3. 'Fortunately, she chose to serve underhand.'
  4. 'The pass would either be a backward flip as he veers to the side without turning to look at the trailer or a two-hand underhand pass after he pivots quickly and protectively back toward the middle.'
  5. 'All of a sudden, Dayne has become this slow, plodding running back who wasn't fast enough and couldn't catch a ball if you threw it underhand.'
  6. 'He thrived with a peculiar underhand delivery, behind which there's another story, perhaps true.'
  7. 'Almost every player shot a two-handed underhand free throw that started from around the knees, or lower.'
  8. 'For instance in softball the pitcher throws underhand.'
  9. 'While none of the Barry kids took to shooting free throws underhand, they resemble their father in other ways.'
  10. 'He would bob his head, turn his back on the batter, look skyward or into the field boxes, then deliver the ball from a bewildering array of angles, overhand, sidearm or even underhand.'
  11. '‘Go back to bed,’ a tired Serilda yelled as she lazily tossed a pillow underhand at Kaatje.'
  12. 'The bow is held underhand with the palm upwards, the up-bow therefore being the stronger bowstroke.'
  13. 'To complete this workout, perform pull-ups - if you have an appropriate place to do them - to hit your back (and your biceps, especially with an underhand grip).'
  14. 'Keep your hands about shoulder-width apart with an underhand grip and fully extend your arms downward and in front of your thighs.'
  15. 'While seated beneath the bar, unlock it using an underhand grip with your thumbs 8 inches apart.'
  16. 'Another great exercise for your biceps is to take an underhand grip on a chinning bar and draw your body up towards the bar.'
  17. 'However, I alternate sets, using a very narrow grip with thumbs touching for one set and a close underhand reverse grip for the next set, for a total of four sets (two sets with each grip) per exercise.'
  18. 'This device allows you to pull the handles into the sides of your waist, again targeting the lower lats, a focus accentuated by using an underhand grip.'
  19. 'Cena hangs from a bar overhead using a narrow, underhand grip.'
  20. 'Now grasp the barbell with an underhand grip, keeping your thumbs below the bar.'
  21. 'Hold handle with your right hand in an underhand grip, palm up.'


1. not open and aboveboard; secret and crafty or dishonorable: an underhand deal with the chief of police.

2. executed with the hand below the level of the shoulder and the palm turned upward and forward: an underhand delivery of a ball. adverb

3. with the hand below the level of the shoulder and the palm turned upward and forward: to bowl underhand.

4. secretly; stealthily; slyly.

More examples(as adjective)

"ways can be underhand."

"tactics can be underhand."

"people can be underhand."

"manners can be underhand."

"dealings can be underhand."

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Old English in the sense ‘in or into subjection, under control’ (see under-, hand).