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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Definitions for bandy

  1. To pass from one to another or back and forth; give and take.
  2. To throw or strike to and fro or from side to side, as a ball in tennis.
  3. To circulate freely.

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Citations for bandy
"I want all my clients to be like you," Peter says, which is probably not the shrewdest of comments ("client" isn't a word to bandyabout)... Michael Cunningham, By Nightfall
He was supposedly a great cook, he would bandy about names of exotic mushrooms, but I never saw him boil an egg when I was visiting you. Rick Moody, "The Mansion on the Hill," The Paris Review Book for Planes, Trains, and Waiting Rooms
Origin of bandy
Though the origin of bandy is uncertain, it came into common usage in French during the rise of tennis in the 1500s, as in to bandy the ball.