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    #1

    backhand a tear

    Hi there,

    Have you heard the term of "backhand a tear"?

    Could anyone tell me what it means?

    Thank you very much.

    Here is the context:

    John said, "Mary, please don't cry."
    "I am not crying." Mary said, and then hiccuped a little sob and backhanded a tear that had somehow escaped from her eye.

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    Re: backhand a tear

    I've never heard the expression but, in my opinion, it means that Mary wiped away a tear with the back of her hand.

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    Re: backhand a tear

    It might also imply that she is trying to be discreet about it IMO.

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