Fewer than 24 hours before voting begins, confusion reigns and contradictory information is bandied about.
But no one went through with the arson threats that were bandied about back then, says Cummins.
Newspapers howled, Congress investigated, and the “I” word, impeachment, was bandied about.
1570s, "to strike back and forth," from Middle French bander, from root of band (n.2). The sense apparently evolved from "join together to oppose," to opposition itself, to "exchanging blows," then metaphorically, to volleying in tennis. Bandy (n.) was a 17c. Irish game, precursor of field hockey, played with curved a stick (also called a bandy), hence bandy-legged (1680s).