bandy words


bandy words
Meaning
To argue fervently.
Origin
The Irish game bandy is a ferocious ball game in which the ball is played to and fro with sticks. Earlier, in John Webster's The White Devil, 1612, the term was applied to tennis, or at that date more probably real tennis. 'He had been bandying at tennis'.

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  • bandy words — phrase to argue, especially when this is a waste of time Don’t bandy words with me. Thesaurus: to arguehyponym arguments and arguingsynonym Main entry: bandy * * * bandy words old fashioned …   Useful english dictionary

  • bandy words — ► bandy words exchange angry remarks. Main Entry: ↑bandy …   English terms dictionary

  • bandy words — index bicker, communicate, discuss, dispute (debate), speak Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bandy words — to argue, especially when this is a waste of time Don t bandy words with me …   English dictionary

  • bandy words — argue pointlessly or rudely. → bandy …   English new terms dictionary

  • bandy words — Synonyms and related words: argue, argufy, bicker, cavil, chew the fat, chew the rag, chin, choplogic, colloque, colloquize, commerce with, commune with, communicate, communicate with, confab, confabulate, contend, contest, converse, converse… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bandy words — argue, debate, polemize; conduct an intense argument …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bandy words (with somebody) — bandy ˈwords (with sb) idiom (old fashioned) to argue with sb or speak rudely to them Main entry: ↑bandyidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • bandy words with — argue pointlessly or rudely don t bandy words with me, Sir! …   Useful english dictionary

  • bandy — Ⅰ. bandy [1] ► ADJECTIVE (bandier, bandiest) ▪ (of a person s legs) curved outwards so that the knees are wide apart. ORIGIN perhaps from obsolete bandy curved hockey stick . Ⅱ. bandy [2] ► …   English terms dictionary