bounce1 S3 [bauns] v
2¦(jump up and down)¦
5¦(something moves up and down)¦
8 bounce ideas off somebody
9¦(force somebody to leave)¦
Phrasal verbs
 bounce something<=>around
 bounce back
 bounce somebody into something
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: bounce 'to hit' (13-19 centuries), probably from the sound]
1.) ¦(BALL/OBJECT)¦ [I and T]
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 sth on/against etc sth
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
bounce on
Lyn was bouncing on the trampoline.
Stop bouncing up and down on the sofa.
3.) ¦(CHEQUE)¦ [I and T]
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
The bank charges £30 for a bounced cheque.
4.) ¦(WALK)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to walk quickly and with a lot of energy
Olivia came bouncing into the room.
if something bounces, it moves quickly up and down as you move
Her hair bounced when she walked.
6.) ¦(LIGHT/SOUND)¦ [I and T]
if light or sound bounces, it hits a surface and then moves quickly away from it
bounce (sth) off sth
The radio signals are bounced off a satellite.
7.) ¦(EMAIL)¦ [i]also bounce back [I and T]
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
8.) bounce ideas off sb
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.
9.) ¦(FORCE SOMEBODY TO LEAVE)¦ [T] informal
to force someone to leave a place, job, or organization, especially because they have done something wrong
bounce sb from sth
Taylor was bounced from the team for assaulting another player.
bounce around [bounce sth<=>around] phr v
to discuss ideas with other people
I wanted to have a meeting so that we could bounce a few ideas around.
bounce back phr v
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 into [bounce sb into sth] phr v
to force someone to decide to do something, especially without giving them time to consider it carefully
bounce sb into doing sth
Party members feel that they were bounced into accepting the policy.
bounce 2
bounce2 n
the action of moving up and down on a surface
Try to catch the ball on the second bounce.
2.) [U]
the ability to move up and down on a surface, or that surface's ability to make something move up and down
The ball had completely lost its bounce.
a basketball court with good bounce
3.) [singular,U]
a lot of energy that someone has
Exercise is great. I feel like there's a new bounce in my step.
4.) [U]
hair that has bounce is in very good condition and goes back to its shape if you press it
a brand new styling spray that gives your hair body and bounce

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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