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boomerang (n.)

"missile weapon used by Australian aborigines," 1827, adapted from an extinct Aboriginal languages of New South Wales, Australia. Another variant, perhaps, was wo-mur-rang (1798).

boomerang (v.)

1880, "to throw a boomerang," from boomerang (n.). Figurative sense "fly back to the starting point" is from 1900.

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Definitions of boomerang
1
boomerang (n.)
a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower;
Synonyms: throwing stick / throw stick
boomerang (n.)
a miscalculation that recoils on its maker;
Synonyms: backfire
2
boomerang (v.)
return to the initial position from where it came; like a boomerang;
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