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Argue pointlessly or rudely:‘I'm not going to bandy words with you’
exchange, swap, trade, interchange, barter, reciprocate, pass back and forth, give and takeView synonyms
- ‘Unable to bandy words any longer, he took the phone away from his ear and hit the ‘end’ button, then placed the phone carefully back in its cradle on the desk.’
- ‘Do not bandy words in your insolence with the Mouth of Sauron!’
- ‘Meantime, while academicians bandied words, many applied politicians saw Cannan's Law clearly, and used it to further their ends.’
- ‘Tired of bandying words with this charlatan, I allow my fury to seep into my eyes.’
- ‘Afraid it was Dan, back to bandy words once more, she whirled suddenly.’
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