boomerang

[boo-muh-rang]
noun
1.
a bent or curved piece of tough wood used by the Australian Aborigines as a throwing club, one form of which can be thrown so as to return to the thrower.
2.
something, as a scheme or argument, that does injury to the originator.
3.
Theater.
a.
a mobile platform, adjustable to different levels, for painting scenery.
b.
a batten, usually suspended vertically in the wings, for holding lighting units.
verb (used without object)
4.
to come back or return, as a boomerang.
5.
to cause harm to the originator; backfire.

Origin:
1820–30; < Dharuk būmariny

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boomerang (ˈbuːməˌræŋ)
 
n
1.  a curved flat wooden missile of native Australians, which can be made to return to the thrower
2.  an action or statement that recoils on its originator
 
vb
3.  (intr) to recoil or return unexpectedly, causing harm to its originator; backfire
 
[C19: from a native Australian language]

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Word Origin & History

boomerang
1827, adapted from an extinct Aboriginal languages of New South Wales, Australia. Another variant, perhaps, was wo-mur-rang (1798). The verb is from 1880.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
It is for good reason that this generation is known as the boomerang generation.
The appeal is a double-edged sword, and likewise a boomerang, and several other
  sorts of cutlery.
Over the years it's grown to the big boomerang you see today.
Call it the harbinger of a giant outsourcing boomerang.
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