boom|er|ang

boom|er|ang
boom|er|ang «BOO muh rang, BOOM rang», noun, verb.
–n.
1. a) a curved piece of wood used as a weapon by Australian aborigines and in some other countries. Boomerangs are made of a shape so that when properly thrown they return to the thrower. b) a similar curved piece of hard wood used by the Hopi Indians of northern Arizona for hunting jack rabbits.
2. Figurative. anything that recoils or reacts to harm the doer or user.
–v.i.
to act as a boomerang: »

Figurative. The evidence one member gave against the gang boomeranged when he was convicted too.

[< native dialectal word of New South Wales]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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