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bandy about

To talk about something in a loose or gossipy manner. A noun 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 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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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.
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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.
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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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Still, there's no need to be intimidated by the verbiage bandied about by the more technologically literate.
Words both diplomatic and confrontational are bandied about.
Tonight's episode, as mentioned, focuses on a sexual sadist, allowing such phrases as ``erotic asphyxiation,'' ``murdering pedophile,'' ``carjacking necrophiliac'' and other more gruesome terms to be bandied about freely.
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In the latest edition of Economic Insight, Blitzer contrasts the way the Fed is approaching the world with some of the more extreme thinking being bandied about Wall Street.
After getting permission from the Herrmanns, Hessler bandied about ideas of buying playground equipment and toy toadstools before settling on small benches.
The two proposals have been bandied about by the Bush administration as solutions for the energy crisis.
With a dearth of high-profile Republicans in California, Riordan's name has been bandied about as a possible challenger to Democratic Gov.
These are not nearly the kind of (high) numbers bandied about by people,'' said Ronald Davis, general manager of the city's Public Service Department.
One of the big questions being bandied about the industry is whether the public, reeling from too many incidents of real-life violence, will be turned off by the Brad Pitt-Edward Norton ``Fight Club'' because of its brutality.
One answer that's been bandied about involves marketing new acts through the Internet.