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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Pakistan's Sajjad Hussain smashed the world record of most push-ups on back of hands.
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.
Wash wrists, palms, back of hands, fingers and under nails.
Nadeem Abbas registered 70 push-ups on back of hands with 40 lb pack in one hour to set a new record.
Ali Haider also created new record of most push-ups (using back of hands, carrying 60 lb pack) in one minute when he made 52 push-ups with the above-mentioned weight on the back.
After this, the PYF competitors will also try to achieve the World Record of most push-ups with back of hands.
On the same day, Sohail Abbas will try to attempt the record of most push-ups in one hour, Mohammad Nadeem and Sajjad Hussain will attempt the record of most push-ups on back of hands in one hour while Shahid Abbas and Zafar Iqbal will attempt to break the record of most push-ups in 12 hours continuously.
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.