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bungee

[buhn-jee]
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noun
  1. Aeronautics. any of certain springs or elastic tension devices, as the springs attached to movable controls of aircraft to facilitate their manipulation.
  2. bungee cord.

Origin of bungee

origin uncertain
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n.

1930, "elastic rope;" used in late 19c. British schoolboy slang for "rubber eraser;" probably from notions of bouncy and spongy; first record of bungee jumping is from 1979.

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