boomerang

noun
boo·mer·ang | \ˈbü-mə-ˌraŋ \

Definition of boomerang 

1 : a bent or angular throwing club typically flat on one side and rounded on the other so that it soars or curves in flight especially : one designed to return near the thrower

2 : an act or utterance that backfires on its originator

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Other Words from boomerang

boomerang intransitive verb

Examples of boomerang in a Sentence

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One in 5 Medicare patients sent from the hospital to a nursing home boomerang back within 30 days, often for potentially preventable conditions such as dehydration, infections and medication errors, federal records show. Jordan Rau, chicagotribune.com, "Medicare takes aim at boomerang hospitalizations of nursing home patients," 22 June 2018 Also back is the first Rage's tri-bladed boomerang. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Rage 2 at E3: Doom’s punk rock sibling feels great to play," 17 June 2018 The Quantico actress shared a boomerang of herself riding a hoverboard while wearing a robe and chowing down on a plate of food. Jessica Fecteau, PEOPLE.com, "All the Stars Who Aren't Afraid to Chow Down While They're Getting Glammed Up," 15 June 2018 Throughout the night, the actress posted many photos on social media, including two boomerangs of herself posing next to the cake. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "Sofia Vergara Celebrated Her 46th Birthday with a Cake That Matched Her Dress Exactly," 11 July 2018 The course includes a couple of drivable par-4s – one with a massive boomerang green – and a short par-3 which requires a nerve-wracking shot over a deep chasm of sand. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is transforming central Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 One in 5 Medicare patients sent from the hospital to a nursing home boomerang back within 30 days, often for potentially preventable conditions such as dehydration, infections and medication errors, federal records show. Jordan Rau, chicagotribune.com, "Medicare takes aim at boomerang hospitalizations of nursing home patients," 22 June 2018 One in 5 Medicare patients sent from the hospital to a nursing home boomerang back within 30 days, often for potentially preventable conditions such as dehydration, infections and medication errors, federal records show. Jordan Rau, Washington Post, "Medicare Takes Aim At Boomerang Hospitalizations Of Nursing Home Patients," 13 June 2018 Companies are bringing in workers from the sidelines to fill talent gaps and 40% are looking at different talent pools for skills including boomerang retirees, long-term unemployed or returning parents and part-timers. James Freeman, WSJ, "Big Businesses Can’t Find Enough Workers, Either," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of boomerang

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for boomerang

Dharuk (Australian aboriginal language of the Port Jackson area) bumarinʸ

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boomerang

noun

English Language Learners Definition of boomerang

: a curved, flat, wooden tool that can be thrown in such a way that it returns to the thrower

boomerang

noun
boo·mer·ang | \ˈbü-mə-ˌraŋ \

Kids Definition of boomerang

: a curved club that can be thrown so as to return to the thrower

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