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).
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Quite detached, almost may I say, I looked on my hand being ground up, knuckle by knuckle, joint by joint, the back of the hand, the wrist, the forearm, all in order slowly and inevitably feeding in.
1 : a stroke in sports played with a racket that is made with the back of the hand turned in the direction in which the hand is moving
The weight group on the back of the hand is fully adjustable to control the amount of weight and resistance needed for the given athletic movement or plyometric drill.
Now pull down and away from the door while turning your hand so that the back of the hand turns to point in the direction of the simulated shot at point of impact.
Right arm): As with the left arm, the hand position should be the same as at the end of the back swing, with the back of the hand facing behind you
The back of the hand is a common place to insert an IV needle.
He kept his cool and after climbing from the stand, he applied pressure to the back of the hand and elevated it while walking the 200 yards out to the logging road.
Fortunately, none of the tendons or ligaments in the back of the hand were severed, so that no permanent damage was anticipated.
A dozen sensors rigged into a golf glove monitor the positions of the wearer's hand and fingers, and a small transmitter on the back of the hand beams those data to a receiver that translates the information into the appropriate letter.
The back of the hand, made of stretchable nylon, includes a novel patch of absorbent terry on the thumb to help you wipe a sweating brow.
Now the fingers are covered with a natural forest and the back of the hand has been terraced before it starts to slope sharply up towards the mountain.
This glove is made with our premium Bisconte(R) leather palm (the same as our full leather glove) and the back of the hand covered with DuPont(R) CoolMax(R) fabric.
The typists had electrical wires attached to the back of the hand so their movements could be tracked and recorded on a computer.