|Origin:||bounce 'to hit' (13-19 centuries), probably from the sound|
if a ball or other object bounces, or you bounce it, it immediately moves up or away from a surface after hitting it
ball/object[intransitive and transitive]
The ball bounced off the post and into the goal.
bounce something on/against etc something
The kids were bouncing a ball against the wall.
to move up and down, especially because you are hitting a surface that is made of rubber, has springs etc
jump up and down[intransitive]
Lyn was bouncing on the trampoline.
Stop bouncing up and down on the sofa.
if a cheque bounces, or if a bank bounces a cheque, the bank will not pay any money because there is not enough money in the account of the person who wrote it
cheque[intransitive and transitive]BFB
to walk quickly and with a lot of energy:
walk[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
Olivia came bouncing into the room.
if something bounces, it moves quickly up and down as you move:
something moves up and down[intransitive]
Her hair bounced when she walked.
if light or sound bounces, it hits a surface and then moves quickly away from it
light/sound[intransitive and transitive]
bounce (something) off something
The radio signals are bounced off a satellite.
emailalso bounce back [intransitive and transitive]
if an email that you send bounces or is bounced, it is returned to you and the other person does not receive it because of a technical problem
to talk about your ideas with someone in order to get their opinion:
When you work in a team you can bounce your ideas off each other.
to force someone to leave a place, job, or organization, especially because they have done something wrong
force somebody to leave[transitive] informal
bounce somebody from something
Taylor was bounced from the team for assaulting another player.
bounce something ↔ aroundphrasal verb
I wanted to have a meeting so that we could bounce a few ideas around.
bounce backphrasal verb
to feel better quickly after being ill, or to become successful again after failing or having been defeated [= recover]:
The company's had a lot of problems in the past, but it's always managed to bounce back.
if an email that you send bounces back or is bounced back, it is returned to you and the other person does not receive it because of a technical problem
bounce somebody into somethingphrasal verb
bounce somebody into doing something
Party members feel that they were bounced into accepting the policy.