• (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 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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