- idioms and phrases
Also, backhanded compliment
. An insult in the guise of an expression of praise. For example, She said she liked my hair, but it turned out to be a left-handed compliment
when she asked how long I'd been dyeing it. This expression uses left-handed in the sense of “questionable or doubtful,” a usage dating from about 1600.http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?ter...left-handed compliment
A criticism or insult disguised as a compliment.
A compliment with two meanings, one of which is unflattering to the receiver.
Also called backhanded compliment
Patti sees Britney wearing a sexy new dress. Patti, who really doesn't like Britney, says, "That dress is really sharp. It really makes you look so slim!" Left handed compliment
: "You're fat, and that dress makes you look like you're trying to hide it."
"Boy, you're pretty hot... for a fat (or skinny) chick!" Left handed compliment
: Self-explanatory http://thesaurus.com/browse/left-handed+complimentleft-handed compliment
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: damning with faint praise
Synonyms: aspersion, back-handed compliment
, home truth, insult, no compliment, slap in the face, slight, snub, uncomplimentary remark http://www.idiomdictionary.com/definition/lef...left-handed compliment
praise which is ambiguous or questionable
Compare backhanded compliment
Example She told me I wasn’t much good as a cook, but that I did bake the best pancakes she’d tasted – which seemed like a left-handed compliment
(Note From the earlier association of left-handedness with awkwardness and badness (another word for ‘left’ was ‘sinister’).)http://owad.de/check.php4?wordid=1544&choice=1
Definition: a compliment which is an insult
German translation: lefthanded compliment
= zweifelhaftes Kompliment
(unter der Gürtellinie, unfair)
A left-handed compliment
is an insult disguised as a compliment. An example of a left-handed compliment
would be to tell a woman
"I very much like your dress! It does wonders for your figure!"
In doing so it would seem on the surface that one is complimenting the woman's choice in clothing, and perhaps even her figure, but on reflection it is clear that what one is saying is that the woman's figure is unattractive and needs assistance from a garment in order to be improved.
(adapted from Wikipedia)left-handed compliment
(also, backhanded compliment
- zweifelhaftes Kompliment
(ein Kompliment, das eigentlich eine Beleidigung ist)http://de.pons.eu/dict/search/results/?q=left...left-handed compliment
- zweifelhaftes Komplimenthttp://dict.tu-chemnitz.de/dings.cgi?lang=de...zweifelhaftes Kompliment
- left-handed compliment
related discussion: backhanded compliment