E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Anything repeated over and over again. The fabulous bird that had only one note was called the ricochet; and the rebound on water termed ducks and drakes has the same name. Marshal Vauban (16331707) invented a battery of rebound called the ricochet battery, the application of which was ricochet firing.