The stray bullet passed within three feet of Kennerly and ricocheted off a wall, slightly injuring a bystander.
The funny thing is, the shot that Google fired at Facebook seems to have ricocheted and hit the wrong target.
It was an idea that ricocheted around liberal blogs and talk radio outlets.
1758, originally in a military sense, from French ricochet (n.) "the skipping of a shot, or of a flat stone on water" (see ricochet (n.). Related: Ricochetted; ricochetting.
1769, from ricochet (v.) or French ricochet "the skipping of a shot or of a flat stone on water," but in earliest French use (15c.) "verbal to-and-fro," and only in the phrase fable du ricochet, an entertainment in which the teller of a tale skillfully evades questions, and chanson du ricochet, a kind of repetitious song; of uncertain origin.