bandy2 /ˈbandi/


I. verb [with obj.] (usu. be bandied about/around)

1. pass on or discuss (an idea or rumour) in a casual or uninformed way

£40,000 is the figure that has been bandied about.
II. phrases

bandy words
argue pointlessly or rudely

I’m not going to bandy words with you.
– origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘pass a ball to and fro’): perhaps from French bander ‘take sides at tennis’, from bande ‘band, crowd’ (see band2).

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