backhanded compliment


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backhanded compliment

 and left-handed compliment
an unintended or ambiguous compliment. Backhanded compliments are the only kind he ever gives! And I think his left-handed compliments are all given by accident, too!
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Perhaps as a backhanded compliment to Pollack's slam, Joe B.
In a backhanded compliment, the accolade for the best screen kiss was awarded to two women - Neve Campbell and Denise Richards in the movie Wild Things.
In addition to the Grand Prize winners, PlanetFeedback issued 30 honorable mentions in categories such as: "Nuttiest Problem," "Best Backhanded Compliment," the "Above-and-Beyond-the-Call-of-Duty" Award, and the "Dr.
Every Tory smear is a backhanded compliment to a man whom the rattled Conservatives genuinely fear.
The Blues will need his contribution, as they will every outfield player's as they try to find a way of coping with the backhanded compliment paid by the Red Devils.
The fact that the Londoners are evens is a backhanded compliment.
The tennis ace was clearly impressed with his wife's physique as he took to Twitter to pay her a backhanded compliment.
If that sounded laced with malice, his next statement made it clear he was only paying her a backhanded compliment.
MY WEEK Punting high Getting with all-the-way Kempton winner Line Artic, who completed an across-the-card double for jockey Liam Heard (underused and deserves more opportunities to showcase his talents) Punting low Backing everything in running bar Leggy Lad in a maiden hurdle at Naas and getting that sinking feeling looking up at my position to see a thick block of red next to Stephen McConville's seven-year-old Taking the bait I can't believe Binocular has made my Champion Hurdle portfolio, falling for him hook, line and sinker after hearing upbeat reports Backhanded compliment It was nice to meet Galway's answer to Jedward on Monday night, who upon introducing themselves said: "Ah, Matt, we are big fans of the column, but you're not as good as that Tom Segal or Donn McClean.
It is a backhanded compliment of sorts, considering the team's win total a season ago (five) was surpassed early on and could be doubled before the season concludes.
Surprisingly it is not much quieter with the roof up as it is open which is a backhanded compliment to the car's aerodynamics.
People have reacted rather than just take it with a grain of salt and as a backhanded compliment.
No one laughed harder at the backhanded compliment than Fred "Crash" Blechman, who died at 80 on Wednesday night in his West Hills home.
Curiously this backhanded compliment is more often applied to women.