What do you call the outer side of a hand (as opposed to a palm, the inner side)?


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I would refer to the back of the hand, a description that gives rise to the word backhander.

The term carries several negative meanings apart from the literal one of using the back of the hand to strike someone, or using a backhand shot in racquet sports.


  • Also the positive expression "to know X like the back of your hand". Aug 26, 2022 at 4:31
  • When I was a boy, strict fathers used to threaten their children by saying e.g. 'If you don't stop doing that, I'll show you the back of my hand'. Of course 'show' was used figuratively. Aug 26, 2022 at 8:18

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