Definition of ping-ponging in US English:

ping-ponging

(US Ping-Ponging)

noun

  • 1The action of playing ping-pong. Later also figurative: the action of moving back and forth rapidly, especially between two alternatives.

  • 2North American. The practice of passing a patient to a succession of doctors for superfluous examinations in order to maximize fees.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Morning Leader. From ping-pong + -ing.

Pronunciation

ping-ponging

/ˈpɪŋpɒŋɪŋ/