the back of (one's) hand

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the back of (one's) hand

1. A rejection, snub, or rebuke; a display of contempt or scorn for someone or something. 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.
2. Used to represent one's complete knowledge of or familiarity with something. Usually used after the verb "know." I've read this book so many times, I know it like the back of my hand. You should ask Samantha for directions—she knows this town like the back of her hand.
See also: back, hand, of

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
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The event, co-chaired by Cushman & Wakefield's Michael Burlant, concluded with a live auction, during which attendees bid for the opportunity to have their names inscribed on the back of hand cycles used during the Achilles races.
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Pakistan's Sajjad Hussain smashed the world record of most push-ups on back of hands. He reached the figure of 2759 push-ups in one hour.
Nadeem Abbas was the next Pakistani, who registered 989 push-ups on back of hands to set a new world record in one hour with 40 lb pack.
In the most push ups on back of hands with 60 pounds back pack in one minute category.
Exhale and move the arms close together, back of hands touching.
The record of most push-ups (using back of hands) in one minute was taken by Captain Arbab, who broke the record of a Qatari (132) with 166 push-ups.
After this, the PYF competitors will also try to achieve the World Record of most push-ups with back of hands. Furthermore, an attempt will also be made for most caps ups in break dance.
Paddy will then aim to beat the five-minute back of hands press-up record in August, before representing the UK at the World Record Festival, in Germany, in September, where he will attempt a martial arts boxing punch kick record.