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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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
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.