Meaning of "Back handed compliment"

Test No. [color=blue]incompl/advan-68 “Back Again”, question 2

He said he’d read my funny story and had laughed twice, which was a sort of back compliment.

(a) slapped
(b) hit
© thrown
(d) handed

Test No. [color=blue]incompl/advan-68 “Back Again”, answer 2

He said he’d read my funny story and had laughed twice, which was a sort of back handed compliment.

Correct answer: (d) handed

Hi everybody. I don’t get it!. Back handed compliment. Thank you.

Thinker :roll:

Hi Thinker,

This means that it is not really a compliment - not genuine.

Alan