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Though I’m sure Michaels intended for this comment to be wholly complimentary of Zayak and her ability, describing Zayak’s body as a “fireplug” and talking about her lack of line gives the compliment a backhanded feel.
THE QUAD JUMP REVOLUTION HAS TRANSFORMED WOMEN’S FIGURE SKATING. HOW FAR WILL IT GO?DVORA MEYERSFEBRUARY 3, 2022FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
That said, there may be one important difference between a decision explicitly overruling Roe and a decision that does so in a more backhanded way.
HOW THE SUPREME COURT COULD OVERRULE ROE V. WADE WITHOUT OVERRULING ROE V. WADEIAN MILLHISERNOVEMBER 29, 2021VOX
That said, there are two plausible reasons why justices like Kavanaugh and Barrett might prefer a more backhanded approach.
HOW THE SUPREME COURT COULD OVERRULE ROE V. WADE WITHOUT OVERRULING ROE V. WADEIAN MILLHISERNOVEMBER 29, 2021VOX
For myself, though I received only a backhanded blow on the chest, I staggered as if I had been struck with a sledgehammer.
IN THE DAYS OF MY YOUTHAMELIA ANN BLANDFORD EDWARDS
Korman backhanded him across the throat without looking around, with such force that Gibson staggered back and fell.
IRRESISTIBLE WEAPONHORACE BROWN FYFE
Simms threw the brim of his soft hat up with a backhanded stroke and shook his head.
THE REAL MANFRANCIS LYNDE
The writing was what is known as "backhanded," in strokes which appeared at first sight to be of a uniform lightness.
ROUND THE BLOCKJOHN BELL BOUTON
Mikah asked, and one of the guards backhanded him to the ground.
THE ETHICAL ENGINEERHENRY MAXWELL DEMPSEY
Whatever this might mean, it was, at best, a backhanded compliment to Hartigan.
THE PREACHER OF CEDAR MOUNTAINERNEST THOMPSON SETON
Glyddyr turned upon him, and made a backhanded blow at his face.
KING OF THE CASTLEGEORGE MANVILLE FENN
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