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.
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
References in classic literature ?
Then wiping his mouth with the back of his hand, he said:
He sighed, wiped his lips with the back of his hand, and proceeded.
The cane," he resumed, wiping his prodigious mat of face hair with the back of his hand.
The veins stood out upon his forehead and upon the back of his hands, his teeth gleamed underneath his coarse, white moustache.
The blade sliced a deep, 3-inch gash across the back of his hand.
At 24 years old and just a third of his life spent in Sao Paulo, Arcanjo knows the sprawling metropolis like the back of his hand.