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back-handed compliment

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishback-handed complimentback-handed complimentBritish English, left-handed compliment American EnglishINSULT something that someone says to you which is nice and not nice at the same time ‘You’ve got a brain. Try using it.’ ‘Thanks for the back-handed compliment!’ compliment
Examples from the Corpus
back-handed complimentIt's a back-handed compliment really, you know.
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