I don't really think he meant it as a backhanded compliment, but it was funny, all the same.
The center fielder jumped against the wall attempting a backhanded catch.
The poem is a riposte to Lord Beauchamp's backhanded compliment to Australians, ‘Your birthstain you have turned to good.’
Something about Gran's tone suggested that this was only a backhanded compliment.
It was not an insult per se, but definitely a backhanded compliment.
The best thing about it, though (and this is going to sound like such a backhanded compliment…) is the opening credits.
She was the best thing about the show, which sounds like a backhanded compliment but isn't.
It sold 55,000, and people started calling him the best rapper in Britain - a bit of a backhanded compliment, taking into account the whole suitcase-and-waterpistol state of British rap.
She laughs nervously at the backhanded compliment.
I mean, neither of us is in the prime of youth anymore and this was a bit of a backhanded compliment.