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bandy about

To talk about something in a loose or gossipy manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bandy" and "about." They are bandying about that story as if it's the truth. Management is just casually bandying about the idea of layoffs. Don't bandy that nonsense about here, we're not buying it.
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bandy around

To talk about something in a loose, frivolous, or gossipy manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bandy" and "around." Don't bandy that nonsense around here, because we're not buying it. Someone from management has been casually bandying around the idea of layoffs. "Fraud" is not a term I bandy around lightly.
See also: around, bandy

bandy with

To argue or otherwise exchange views with someone. You can bandy with him all you want, but I doubt you'll ever reach an agreement.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bandy something about

to spread something, such as someone's good name, around in an unfavorable context; to toss words around in a gossipy fashion. (Bandy means to toss or hit something back and forth.) Just stop bandying words about and start telling the truth! There is no need to keep bandying about those rumors.
See also: bandy

bandy with someone

to argue [with someone]; to argue by "playing catch with words." (Bandy means to toss or hit something back and forth.) Why are you bandying with me? She has been bandied with enough. Give her a straight answer.
See also: bandy
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bandy about

To make frequent and casual or frivolous use of a name, word, or idea: The word "genius" is bandied about too much when new authors are discussed. It made me angry that gossipy neighbors were bandying my name about.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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It takes gall, balls, or copious amounts of irony to call an art exhibit "Pictures of the Real World (In Real Time)." When such weighty words as "real" get bandied about, you can barely speak in anything other than gross generalizations; for example, "Interspersing On Kawara's famous date paintings with photographs ranging from a 1966 work by Dan Graham to a 1993 picture by Robert Barry, this exhibition (curated by Robert Nickas) explores the relationship between art and the real world for the last three decades.
Recently the word "gridlock" has been bandied about, referring in simplistic fashion to the difficulty of passing new laws.
YO Y U SAID: Magnificent, The word hero is bandied about to often at times, but thoroughly warranted here.
Now there's a phrase that's bandied around all the time, but for Zara Hartshorn from Rotherham, its meaning has a lot more significance.
Andrew BarrocasFrom the New York May issue: While the real estate community is inundated with statistics about sales activity and prices when it comes to the condo and co-op market, there's one stat that's rarely bandied about in public: commission fluctuations.
Seminal is a word too often bandied about by music journalists with a limited vocabulary.
"Obviously, we make good money playing for England as well, but some of the money that is being bandied about in the IPL is 10 times the amount of money you are earning.
The SFA board held a 90- minute meeting yesterday but only the process of choosing a new manager was discussed and not the numerous names bandied about as potential candidates.
Get Me Out Of Here graces our screens on Monday and the usual speculation about the prospective tennants of the Aussie jungle has been bandied about, writes Geoffrey Riddle.
Some of the names being bandied around just don't want to play for Liverpool.
[], that is often not entirely clear when the acronym is bandied about.
The word legend is often bandied about until it becomes meaningless but in the case of this veteran broadcaster, it was more than deserved.
Moore's name has been bandied about as a potential presidential candidate for the far-right Constitution Party.
A military fave now bandied about in the business sector, as in "We've been brainstorming for three hours and we're still AOS."
1) cast the spotlight on the changing face of the English language, as bandied about by netrepreneurs.