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A stone:‘loose boondies shifted under the wide-tyred wheels’
rock, pebble, boulderView synonyms
- ‘Any bird of prey that happened to fly over one's urban air space copped a barrage of sticks and boondies.’
- ‘Grandpa's always chucking boondies at Grandma's grave.’
- ‘Sometimes they clustered so thickly on the stocks that by hurling boondies we could knock them down and take them home to be made into pie.’
- ‘Hey, look at all the boondies in this pile—let's hide behind it and throw 'em at your sister!’
- ‘See that bastard, practising grenade-throwing with bits of boondies—I done that many a time!’
- ‘There were always kids up one end of the street throwing boondies or chasing someone's dog.’
- ‘Growing up in the bush, we threw boondies at all sorts of targets.’
- ‘We flung boondies at each other in the vacant lots of new developments.’
- ‘A small sheet of steel mesh offered some small measure of protection from the thousands of tonnes of boondies.’
- ‘There was a yard full of boondies, just perfect for throwing.’
1930s: origin unknown; perhaps from a Western Australian Aboriginal language.
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