What does 'Back-handed compliment' mean?
A back-handed compliment is an insult or negative statement disguised as a compliment. For example "This dress doesn't fit me anymore so it would be great on you!"
Country: International English | Subject Area: Body and bodily functions | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used
- Left-handed compliment
- On my back
- Behind someone's back
- Put or get someone's back up
- Make a rod for your own back
- Watch your back
- Back foot
- Fed up to the back teeth
- Like the back of your hand
- Talk out of the back of your head
- You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours
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