Underhand Un"der*hand`, adv. 1. By secret means; in a clandestine manner; hence, by fraud; unfairly; dishonorably. [1913 Webster]

Such mean revenge, committed underhand. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Baillie Macwheeble provided Janet, underhand, with meal for their maintenance. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

Note: In modern usage, the sense is usually negative. [PJC]

2. (Baseball, Cricket, etc.) In an underhand manner; thrown with the hand no higher than the shoulder and the palm turned upward during part of the pitch; -- said of pitching or bowling a ball. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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