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boomerang

[boo-muh-rang]
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noun
  1. a bent or curved piece of tough wood used by the Australian Aborigines as a throwing club, one form of which can be thrown so as to return to the thrower.
  2. something, as a scheme or argument, that does injury to the originator.
  3. Theater.
    1. a mobile platform, adjustable to different levels, for painting scenery.
    2. a batten, usually suspended vertically in the wings, for holding lighting units.
verb (used without object)
  1. to come back or return, as a boomerang.
  2. to cause harm to the originator; backfire.

Origin of boomerang

1820–30; < Dharuk būmariny
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boomerang

noun
  1. a curved flat wooden missile of native Australians, which can be made to return to the thrower
  2. an action or statement that recoils on its originator
verb
  1. (intr) to recoil or return unexpectedly, causing harm to its originator; backfire

Word Origin

C19: from a native Australian language
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Word Origin and History for boomeranging

boomerang

n.

1827, adapted from an extinct Aboriginal languages of New South Wales, Australia. Another variant, perhaps, was wo-mur-rang (1798).

boomerang

v.

1880, from boomerang (n.).

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