boomerang

[ boo-muh-rang ]
/ ˈbu məˌræŋ /

noun

verb (used without object)

to come back or return, as a boomerang.
to cause harm to the originator; backfire.

adjective

coming back, returning, or backfiring: the boomerang consequences of his lies.
Informal. of or noting a person who returns to his or her parents’ home or to a previous job after a period of living or working elsewhere: a boomerang kid; boomerang employees.

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Origin of boomerang

First recorded in 1820–30; from Dharuk būmariny
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British Dictionary definitions for boomerang

boomerang
/ (ˈbuːməˌræŋ) /

noun

a curved flat wooden missile of native Australians, which can be made to return to the thrower
an action or statement that recoils on its originator

verb

(intr) to recoil or return unexpectedly, causing harm to its originator; backfire

Word Origin for boomerang

C19: from a native Australian language
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