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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
1570-1580
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.
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