Definition of boomerang in English:

boomerang

Line breaks: boom|er¦ang
Pronunciation: /ˈbuːməraŋ
 
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noun

A curved flat piece of wood that can be thrown so that it will return to the thrower, traditionally used by Australian Aborigines as a hunting weapon.
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  • Well, although we associate the boomerang with Australian Aborigines, many cultures used boomerang-like equipment in prehistoric times.
  • He says he found an ancient carving of a ‘quadrang’ style boomerang etched into a rock in Ilkley Moor depicting a boomerang as a weapon.
  • He favours an Aboriginal ceremony, with a flaming boomerang curving majestically into the waiting cauldron as the highlight.

verb

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(Of a plan or action) recoil on the originator: misleading consumers about quality will eventually boomerang on a car-maker
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  • Through this book, I have tried to say that American policies have boomeranged everywhere.
  • Development here has often been based on strategies that have boomeranged.
  • A veil should be drawn over his attempted clearance that boomeranged for a Rangers corner.
Synonyms
backfire, recoil, reverse, rebound, come back, bounce back, spring back, return, ricochet;
have an adverse effect, have unwelcome repercussions, be self-defeating, cause one to be hoist with one's own petard
archaic redound

Origin

early 19th century: from Dharuk.

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