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passed back and forth; circulated freely: News of her shocking behavior was bandied about all over the little town.
Not to be confused with:
banded – secured with a band: He banded the newspapers for recycling.
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tr.v. ban·died, ban·dy·ing, ban·dies
a. To toss or throw back and forth.
b. To hit (a ball, for example) back and forth.
a. To give and receive (words, for example); exchange: The old friends bandied compliments when they met.
b. To discuss in a casual or frivolous manner: bandy an idea about.
Bowed or bent in an outward curve: bandy legs.
n. pl. ban·dies Sports
1. A game resembling field hockey but played on ice by skaters.
2. A stick, bent at one end, used in playing this game.

[Early Modern English, perhaps from Middle French se bander, to form a coalition or alliance (against something), from bande, band, troop; see band2. Adjective, from the resemblance of bandy legs to the stick used in bandy.]
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References in classic literature ?
All sorts of rough jests and catchwords were bandied about among them; and the story of the Diamond turned up again unexpectedly, in the form of a mischievous joke.
There were desperate lunges at these chosen spots seemingly every instant, and most of them were bandied like light toys between the contending forces.
Strange rumours began to be bandied about -- rumours of murdered immigrants and rifled camps in regions where Indians had never been seen.
Loud laughed the foresters, as jests were bandied about between the singing, and louder laughed the friars, for they were lusty men with beards that curled like the wool of black rams; but loudest of all laughed the Tinker, and he sang more sweetly than any of the rest.
As the crew toiled on, Laplandish speculations were bandied among them, concerning all these passing things.
There is not an excess of delicacy or chivalry in the ordinary country school, and several choice conundrums and bits of verse dealing with the Simpson affair were bandied about among the scholars, uttered always, be it said to their credit, in undertones, and when the Simpson children were not in the group.
"There's nothing wrong with a few harsh words being bandied around the dressing room.
'ICONIC' is, perhaps, a word bandied around all too freely but, when applied to the mould-breaking Golf GTI, it can be used with genuine justification.
Yes, it's potential, but there are plenty of names bandied about, so I'll bandy his name about."
How can we take what Mr Harris says seriously if he draws conclusions on such a small and unrepresentative sample and uses job figures which he says have been "bandied" about by the Circuit of Wales consortium?
It is now bandied about constantly and has subsequently completely lost its true meaning.
"All these names being bandied about, some of the people whose names have been put forward for that, the mind boggles," he said.