So the Watch followed behind and vented its contrition on a mob of boys in occasional backhanded
cuffs and current imprecations.
I received a backhanded
slap: 'Peg Woffington!
The young sailor started, struck the Frenchman a backhanded
blow on the chest, which hurled him violently against the man at the wheel, and, bending down, sprang with a wild shout into the sea.