underhanded

Meaning(s)

1. something done secretly to achieve an advantage

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Professional

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underhanded way/tactics/practices

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'Underhanded' is an adjective that is used to describe something which is done secretly or dishonestly in order to gain an advantage. This is a formal expression that can be used in social and professional contexts. Similar in meaning to 'deceptive', 'dishonest', 'double-dealing' and 'shifty'.

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  1. The investigation into the political party exposed shameful underhanded practices that had gone on unnoticed for over a decade.

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  1. The company was accused of employing underhanded tricks in their marketing campaign in order to increase sales.
  2. I really don't like the way you went to the boss and spoke behind my back after our dispute. It was a very underhanded way to deal with the situation.

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