- to move back and forth or transfer rapidly from one locale, job, etc., to another; switch: The patient was ping-ponged from one medical specialist to another.
- to go back and forth; change rapidly or regularly; shift; bounce: For ten years the foreign correspondent ping-ponged between London and Paris.
Origin of ping-pong
Examples from the Web for ping-pong
Anyone with the intellect of a ping-pong ball should understand how opportunistic that whistleblowing looks.An Ivy League Frat Boy’s Shallow Repentance
November 24, 2014
The Ping-Pong stadium was a tiny isolated bubble of bounty in the middle of a country shocked into silence.
The Chinese public had waited so long for their Ping-Pong Spring that they bellowed constant approval of the rout.
Who would have thought a game of ping-pong could have such huge ramifications in China in 1971?The Irish Sports Betting Company Sending Dennis Rodman to North Korea
December 19, 2013
In my library/study/barn there is a Ping-Pong table, on which I can pile working books and spread maps.Antony Beevor: How I Write
June 13, 2012
At the top of the plate is the beginning of a ping-pong net.The Child's Rainy Day Book
This is only a little game of "Ping-pong" in progress, and some of the balls are missing!Mr. Punch's Book of Sport
She was the girl who was teaching the poet the elements of ping-pong.The Disentanglers
The table decorations consisted of two ping-pong nets stretched diagonally across the table.Bright Ideas for Entertaining
Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
What instantly comes to your mind,” says my college friend who is “taking” Psychology, “when I say the word ‘ping-pong’?Life's Minor Collisions
- trademark another name for table tennis Also called: ping pong
Word Origin and History for ping-pong
1900, as Ping-Pong, trademark for table tennis equipment (Parker Brothers). Both words are imitative of the sound of the ball hitting a hard surface; from ping + pong (attested from 1823). It had a "phenomenal vogue" in U.S. c.1900-1905.
1901, from ping-pong (n.). In the figurative sense from 1952. Related: Ping-ponged; ping-ponging.