left-handed compliment

An ambiguous compliment which is interpretable as an offense. * /I didn't know you could look so pretty! Is that a wig you're wearing?/

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • left-handed compliment — A compliment that is indirect, ambiguous or insincere ● compliment * * * ˌleft handed ˈcompliment idiom (NAmE) = ↑backhanded compliment Main entry: ↑left handedidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • left-handed\ compliment — • left handed compliment • pay one a left handed compliment An ambiguous compliment which is interpretable as an offense. I didn t know you could look so pretty! is that a wig you re wearing? …   Словарь американских идиом

  • left-handed compliment — A left handed compliment is one that sounds like praise but has an insulting meaning. ( Backhanded compliment is an alternative form.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • left-handed compliment —    A left handed compliment is one that sounds like praise but has an insulting meaning. ( Backhanded compliment is an alternative form.)   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • left-handed compliment — an ambiguous compliment interpreted as offensive He gave her a left handed compliment when he said that her dyed hair looked nice …   Idioms and examples

  • left-handed compliment —  Compliment capable of being interpreted as insult …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • left-handed compliment — An ambiguous compliment which is interpretable as an offense. * /I didn t know you could look so pretty! Is that a wig you re wearing?/ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • left-handed compliment —  Praise that is in fact subtle dispraise …   American business jargon

  • pay\ one\ a\ left-handed\ compliment — • left handed compliment • pay one a left handed compliment An ambiguous compliment which is interpretable as an offense. I didn t know you could look so pretty! is that a wig you re wearing? …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pay one a left-handed compliment — See: LEFT HANDED COMPLIMENT …   Dictionary of American idioms

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.