back of (one's) hand

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back of (one's) hand

A display of rejection, disdain, or contempt (for a person or thing). She met their accusations with the back of her hand. I give the back of my hand to anyone who says I'm not a good parent.
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back of one's hand

Rejection or contempt, as in Unimpressed with him, she gave the back of her hand to his suggestion. This phrase is usually the object of a verb such as give or show. [Second half of 1700s] Back of the hand similarly means "an insult" in the term back-handed compliment (see under left-handed compliment) but has a quite different meaning in know like the back of one's hand (see under know like a book).
See also: back, hand, of
References in classic literature ?
He had no more expression than the back of my hand.
When I shook hand with him, he kissed back of my hand and I pulled it back quickly.
Terence, who is training at Wavertree's new Olympic pool, told the ECHO: "I know the water there like the back of my hand but we are taking full precautions and will be accompanied by a crew"
But I know that famous photo like the back of my hand.
I know my back like the back of my hand,'' said McGwire, who missed playing time several years ago with lower-back pain.
Yet I could neither gag nor vomit, nor could I wipe my mouth with the back of my hand.
I always apply a drop of the tanning liquid to the back of one hand, then rub the back of my hands together, making sure I cover the backs of both hands evenly.