A curved flat piece of wood that can be thrown so as to return to the thrower, traditionally used by Australian Aborigines as a hunting weapon.
- 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.
(Of a plan or action) return to the originator, often with negative consequences: misleading consumers about quality will eventually boomerang on a carmaker
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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.
Early 19th century: from Dharuk.
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