Philander, with a mildly puzzled expression on his face, turned to pursue Professor Porter, and in his mind he was revolving the question of whether he should feel complimented or aggrieved at Miss Porter's rather backhanded compliment
Daggers of sarcasm are drawn and bombs of backhanded compliments
assembled so that they may be launched effectively and rapidly as one makes one's way through the scrum of 'close' relations and fake friends.
Sweary critiques include "This is just a s*** hipster Wetherspoons", to backhanded compliments
such as "Come to BrewDog, there are relatively few w*** here for a Saturday".
From all the backhanded compliments
about spoiling tactics, parking the bus and smothering Liverpool's front five, you would have thought Manchester United reneged on a promise to go gung-ho and get picked off by prior arrangement.
Now, I have heard worse backhanded compliments
, but does Kelly have a point?
In fact, this practice is so mainstream that there's a new set of backhanded compliments
which are, in reality, meant to wound.
Melbourne, August 7 ( ANI ): Jennifer Anniston has revealed that she hates backhanded compliments
of being told that she looks great "for her age".
On the plus side, TMZ reported that the (http://www.tmz.com/2013/01/30/csi-ny-dui-carmine-giovinazzo-danny-messer/) arresting officers said that Giovinazzo was "one of the nicest people they've ever arrested," apparently embracing the notion of backhanded compliments
in the process.
Incredulous, dramatic, backhanded compliments
are W.'s specialty, although he does not limit himself stylistically when commenting on Lars and their friendship.
Nor did she lace her prose with backhanded compliments
to her own virtuous self-sacrifice.
Descriptions like 'wholehearted' and 'consistent' can be backhanded compliments
, implying a lack of bite or craft in a sportsman.
The 26-year-old says that when she does get spotted by fans, they usually offer her backhanded compliments
While repeatedly ladling out backhanded compliments
about how brave Douglas was in undertaking such a mammoth production, Fast bristles with prickly criticisms of everything from Douglas" one-dimensional exhibitionism as an actor to the film's historical dubiousness; writer also points out that the Communist Party, and Trumbo himself, had been among his book's most strident detractors.
The French have previous for being gallant losers who congratulate British cyclists with backhanded compliments
And Arsene Wenger's programme notes - full of attempts to crank up the pressure on Claudio Ranieri's title-race gatecrashers which should actually be viewed as backhanded compliments
- said it all.