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[ping-pong, -pawng] /ˈpɪŋˌpɒŋ, -ˌpɔŋ/ Informal.

verb (used with object)
to move back and forth or transfer rapidly from one locale, job, etc., to another; switch:
The patient was ping-ponged from one medical specialist to another.
verb (used without object)
to go back and forth; change rapidly or regularly; shift; bounce:
For ten years the foreign correspondent ping-ponged between London and Paris.
[ping-pong, -pawng] /ˈpɪŋˌpɒŋ, -ˌpɔŋ/
trademark another name for table tennis Also called ping pong

1900, as Ping-Pong, trademark for table tennis equipment (Parker Brothers). Both words are imitative of the sound of the ball hitting a hard surface; from ping + pong (attested from 1823). It had a “phenomenal vogue” in U.S. c.1900-1905.

1901, from ping-pong (n.). In the figurative sense from 1952. Related: Ping-ponged; ping-ponging.


[1972+ Medical; fr Ping-Pong, trademark for a manufacturer’s table-tennis set and game]
A phenomenon which can occur in a multi-processor system with private caches where two processors are alternately caching a shared location. Each time one writes to it, it invalidates the other’s copy.


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