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ping-pong

[ping-pong, -pawng] /ˈpɪŋˌpɒŋ, -ˌpɔŋ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to move back and forth or transfer rapidly from one locale, job, etc., to another; switch:
The patient was ping-ponged from one medical specialist to another.
verb (used without object)
2.
to go back and forth; change rapidly or regularly; shift; bounce:
For ten years the foreign correspondent ping-ponged between London and Paris.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05

Ping-Pong

[ping-pong, -pawng] /ˈpɪŋˌpɒŋ, -ˌpɔŋ/
Trademark.
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British Dictionary definitions for ping-pong

Ping-Pong

/ˈpɪŋˌpɒŋ/
noun
1.
trademark another name for table tennis Also called ping pong
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Word Origin and History for ping-pong
ping-pong
1900, as Ping-Pong, trademark for table tennis equipment (Parker Brothers). Both words are imitative of the sound of the ball hitting the paddle; from ping (q.v.) + pong, attested from 1823. The verb is from 1901; in the figurative sense, 1952.
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Slang definitions & phrases for ping-pong

ping-pong

verb
  1. To refer a patient, esp a Medicaid recipient, to other doctors in order to maximize fees: ''Medicaid mills'' or clinics reap enormous profits by such practices as ''Ping Ponging''
  2. o go back and forth; change rapidly or regularly; shift; bounce

[1972+ Medical; fr Ping-Pong, trademark for a manufacturer's table-tennis set and game]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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ping-pong in Technology
architecture
A phenomenon which can occur in a multi-processor system with private caches where two processors are alternately caching a shared location. Each time one writes to it, it invalidates the other's copy.
(1995-12-29)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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