Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

from 1976 supplement

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BACK HAND, n. comb. In bowls, or curling: a leftwards direction (see quots. and Hand, n., 2.). Also attrib. or adj. Cf. Forehand, adj., 2. Sc. 1864 W. W. Mitchell Bowl-Playing 32:
The back, or cross hand, is played across the body to the left of the jack, with its inside, or bias, towards it.

2. Add: Ayr. 1886 J. Meikle The Lintie 100:
With great care Tay lor sent a way his bowl along the back hand.

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