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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Underhanded \Un"der*hand`ed\, a. 1. Underhand; clandestine. [1913 Webster] 2. Insufficiently provided with hands or workers; short-handed; sparsely populated; obsolete in this sense, short-handed or understaffed being the preferrred term. [1913 Webster +JG] Norway . . . might defy the world, . . . but it is much underhanded now. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]