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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 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 about

v.
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.
See also: bandy
References in classic literature ?
All sorts of rough jests and catchwords were bandied about among them; and the story of the Diamond turned up again unexpectedly, in the form of a mischievous joke.
Strange rumours began to be bandied about -- rumours of murdered immigrants and rifled camps in regions where Indians had never been seen.
Loud laughed the foresters, as jests were bandied about between the singing, and louder laughed the friars, for they were lusty men with beards that curled like the wool of black rams; but loudest of all laughed the Tinker, and he sang more sweetly than any of the rest.
There is not an excess of delicacy or chivalry in the ordinary country school, and several choice conundrums and bits of verse dealing with the Simpson affair were bandied about among the scholars, uttered always, be it said to their credit, in undertones, and when the Simpson children were not in the group.
Yes, it's potential, but there are plenty of names bandied about, so I'll bandy his name about."
YO Y U SAID: Magnificent, The word hero is bandied about to often at times, but thoroughly warranted here.
I would suggest they have been bandied about by the Circuit's critics.
It is now bandied about constantly and has subsequently completely lost its true meaning.
"All these names being bandied about, some of the people whose names have been put forward for that, the mind boggles," he said.
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.
But other names being bandied about include current AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas (forget it - he's ruled it out), Nerys Evans, who's hardly going to want to take what Plaid clearly view as a step back, party chair John Dixon and, more cheekily, Dafydd Wigley.
The word 'legend' is bandied about so much now that it is becoming meaningless, but when applied to McCoy it takes on its truest meaning.
With the new season approaching, talk is bandied about players switching clubs for astronomical sums.
He said: "You just have to do the maths when you get the kind of money that is being bandied about in the IPL.
"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.