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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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