Bandy is a verb that means to toss many ideas around without focusing on just one. If you've ever brainstormed, you know what this is like — you bandy about different ideas until you find one that works.

Bandy also means to exchange blows, like in a professional fight. As a skilled heavyweight boxer, you are known to bandy with your opponent for several minutes before you knock him out. Bandy comes from the Middle French word bander which means "to strike back and forth." These days it's also used as a more general term to describe tossing or hitting any ball back and forth.

Definitions of bandy
  1. verb
    discuss lightly
    “We bandied around these difficult questions”
    synonyms: kick around
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    type of:
    discuss, hash out, talk over
    speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
  2. verb
    toss or strike a ball back and forth
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    send or toss to and fro, like a shuttlecock
    type of:
    participate in games or sport
  3. verb
    exchange blows
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    type of:
    contend, fight, struggle
    be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
  4. adjective
    (of legs) curved outward at the knees
    synonyms: bandy-legged, bowed, bowleg, bowlegged
    not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition
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