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Back-hander

A blow on the face with the back of the hand. Also one who takes back the decanter in order to hand himself another glass before the decanter is passed on.

“I'll take a back-hander, as Clive don't seem to drink.” — Thackeray: The Newcomes.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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