One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
no object To cause or admit of implications or repercussions; to have an unwanted or unintended effect; to reflect or rebound on something.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin repercuss-, past participial stem of repercutere to drive back, cause to rebound, repel, to reflect (light), to reflect (sound), cause to echo, in post-classical Latin also to return blow for blow (Vetus Latina), and specifically in medical context from re- + percutere.
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