• (noun): A flat, curved, usually wooden missile configured so that when hurled it returns to the thrower.
  • (noun): A statement or course of action that backfires.
  • (verb-intransitive): To have the opposite effect from the one intended; backfire.

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  • (noun): a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
  • (noun): a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower
  • (verb): return to the initial position from where it came; like a boomerang

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A boomerang is a thrown tool, typically constructed as a flat airfoil, that is designed to spin about an axis perpendicular to the direction of its flight. A returning boomerang is designed to return to the thrower. It is well known as a weapon used by Indigenous Australians for hunting.
Boomerangs have been historically used for hunting, as well as a sport, and entertainment. They are commonly thought of as an Australian icon, and come in various shapes and sizes.

Example Sentences

  • It's what I call the boomerang effect..., he declared.

  • What comes around goes around and whoops that boomerang is headed right for you.

  • “What do you call a boomerang that does not come back?”

  • “What do you call a boomerang that does not come back?” asked Arnuldo.

  • You could call him Boomer (as in boomerang), but his registered name could be Sit, Stay, Woah ....

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