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 Background.Back-speer (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
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.   1
        “I’ll take a back-hander, as Clive don’t seem to drink.”—Thackeray: The Newcomes.
 


 Background.Back-speer (To). 

 
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