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Meaning of boomerang

boo•mer•ang

Pronunciation: (b'mu-rang"), [key]
— n.
  1. a bent or curved piece of tough wood used by the Australian Aborigines as a throwing club, one form of which can be thrown so as to return to the thrower.
  2. something, as a scheme or argument, that does injury to the originator.
    1. a mobile platform, adjustable to different levels, for painting scenery.
    2. a batten, usually suspended vertically in the wings, for holding lighting units.
—v.i.
  1. to come back or return, as a boomerang.
  2. to cause harm to the originator; backfire.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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