Date: 1500-1600
Origin: bounce 'to hit' (13-19 centuries), probably from the sound


1 verb
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[intransitive and transitive] if a ball or other object bounces, or you bounce it, it immediately moves up or away from a surface after hitting it
bounce off
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.

jump up and down

[intransitive] to move up and down, especially because you are hitting a surface that is made of rubber, has springs etc
bounce on
Lyn was bouncing on the trampoline.
Stop bouncing up and down on the sofa.


[intransitive and transitive]BFB 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


[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to walk quickly and with a lot of energy:
Olivia came bouncing into the room.

something moves up and down

[intransitive] if something bounces, it moves quickly up and down as you move:
Her hair bounced when she walked.


[intransitive and transitive] if light or sound bounces, it hits a surface and then moves quickly away from it
bounce (something) off something
The radio signals are bounced off a satellite.


also 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

bounce ideas off somebody

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.

force somebody to leave

[transitive] informal to force someone to leave a place, job, or organization, especially because they have done something wrong
bounce somebody from something
Taylor was bounced from the team for assaulting another player.

bounce something ↔ around

phrasal verb
to discuss ideas with other people:
I wanted to have a meeting so that we could bounce a few ideas around.

bounce back

phrasal verb
1 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.
2 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 something

phrasal verb
to force someone to decide to do something, especially without giving them time to consider it carefully
bounce somebody into doing something
Party members feel that they were bounced into accepting the policy.

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