Definition of bounce in English:



  • 1(of an object, especially a ball) move quickly up, back, or away from a surface after hitting it; rebound (once or repeatedly)

    ‘the ball bounced off the rim’
    ‘the ball bounced away, and he chased it’
    [with object] ‘he was bouncing the ball against the wall’
    • ‘When one of the team members missed a shot, the ball bounced off the rim and came straight at her.’
    • ‘The cue ball bounced off three cushions and rolled back up the table to nudge the red into the pocket.’
    • ‘She shot, but the ball bounced off the rim and came straight back to her.’
    • ‘His shot bounced off the ground and went over the post.’
    • ‘As the ball bounced off the wall and headed towards James, time seemed to slow down.’
    • ‘I kicked my soccer ball into the air and started to bounce it up and down on the heel of my foot.’
    • ‘The missed shots bounced off the walls and ricocheted off the ceiling.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off of one of the poles and shot perfectly into the goal.’
    • ‘He cursed as the ball bounced off the club and rolled into the church car park.’
    • ‘And the dog skims low over the surface grabbing the ball before it bounces twice, before it travels beyond the second wave.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off her head and Sam let it fall to the ground.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off his foot into the net.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off the wall, off the floor and back into his hand.’
    • ‘The ball just bounced off a defender and there was nothing you can do about it.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off the rim and into the basket as the horn sounded, giving Connecticut its eighth straight tournament title.’
    • ‘The ball bounced off the inside of the post, across the goal and was cleared to safety.’
    • ‘For the last five minutes, they had been bouncing soccer balls from one knee to the other, not letting them touch the ground.’
    • ‘The ball did not drop enough, however, and bounced off the crossbar.’
    • ‘He pulled a rubber bouncy ball out of his bucket, and bounced it on the tar street.’
    • ‘The ball can be bounced off the four walls which surround the floor of the court.’
    rebound, spring back, bob, recoil, ricochet, jounce
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    1. 1.1(of light, sound, or an electronic signal) come into contact with an object or surface and be reflected.
      ‘short sound waves bounce off even small objects’
      • ‘The music seemed to bounce off the walls, echoing the sounds and making them louder, more melodic.’
      • ‘The thunderous sound bounced off the buildings and carried through the afternoon sky.’
      • ‘Radio waves bounce off things like buildings and hills.’
      • ‘The pillars are wrapped in new reflective material which allows light to bounce off the stone and create a natural light in the building.’
      • ‘The video effects are so authentic that people's reflections bounce off the table in the room.’
      • ‘If the pattern is designed correctly the reflected light will bounce off at an angle that causes it to strike the surface again and to have a second chance to be absorbed.’
      • ‘That's when transmitted radio signals bounce off barriers and take multiple paths to get to a receiver, resulting in interference.’
      • ‘The lake was shimmering and the fish were attracted by the sunlight bouncing off its surface.’
      • ‘An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency soundwaves, which bounce off solid objects.’
      • ‘On-board instruments from the UK will photograph the way light bounces off the Moon's surface.’
      • ‘In order for ordinary light to be polarized it must either pass through or bounce off a polarizing substance.’
      • ‘‘In a music hall, you want the sound to bounce off the walls so it fills the space,’ he says.’
      • ‘Sounds were bouncing around the walls, creating an auditory muddle.’
      • ‘Radio waves then bounce off the bottom of the ionosphere at a higher altitude, giving these waves longer pathways to follow.’
      • ‘The animals then listen for how long the echo takes to bounce off an object to determine the distance away from the object.’
      • ‘Light waves become polarized as they bounce off objects or are pushed and pulled by the magnetic fields of interstellar space.’
      • ‘When the sound waves bounce off objects in their path, a portion of the signal is reflected back.’
      • ‘Light travels in straight lines and will bounce off any non-translucent object.’
      • ‘The echoes of our footsteps bounce off the bare walls of the hollow structure.’
      • ‘Radio signals bounce off different pieces of matter - floors, metal, even the air around you - at different angles and speeds.’
    2. 1.2(of an email) be returned to its sender after failing to reach its destination.
      ‘I tried to email him, but the message bounced’
      • ‘If the email bounces or is undeliverable, it is placed into the mail queue for later processing.’
      • ‘Your message won't bounce - but nor will it arrive at the intended destination.’
      • ‘Then their e-mail address started bouncing my messages.’
      • ‘Last night we got word from a reader that an email had bounced.’
      • ‘After I received this fax, I tried e-mailing the Anonymous Faxer, but the e-mail bounced.’
      • ‘Also my Freeserve e-mail account is bouncing e-mails faster than my bank bounces my cheques.’
      • ‘It bounced right back at me because the return address was incorrectly formed and I can't make out how to get it to its destination.’
      • ‘Some servers may send the message to the valid addresses, but the invalid address will alert you to the problem because the message will bounce.’
      • ‘So does this mean that this mean that email won't even bounce anymore?’
      • ‘All subsequent incoming messages would bounce because the allocated storage for my e-mail account was already filled up.’
      • ‘Just now I'm getting more than my fair share of bounced email.’
      • ‘She gave me the email address of someone at Child Advocacy International, but the message bounced.’
      • ‘The non-yahoo e-mail bounced and I received no reply from the yahoo one for two weeks.’
      • ‘I tried to write back, but the email bounced.’
      • ‘I've been receiving a steady stream of bounced messages, but thankfully no irate emails from those spammed.’
    3. 1.3Recover well after a setback.
      ‘he was admired for his ability to bounce back from injury’
      • ‘The majority of farmers are good, honest, hard-working people, and farming is bouncing back.’
      • ‘Any tips for a young reporter on bouncing back from a minor set-back?’
      • ‘Young racer Thomas Duggan has finished the year as a champion after bouncing back from being badly injured in a crash eight months ago.’
      • ‘Tourist attractions and companies in the north west are bouncing back from the brink of bankruptcy a year after the foot and mouth epidemic.’
      • ‘When the currency eventually bounces back, you will recover your losses.’
      • ‘After bouncing back from depression, what was it like to go back to work?’
      • ‘If the fishery bounces back we will see our community bounce back.’
      • ‘He is capable of bouncing back, compromising and moving on if there's a wrench in his plans.’
      • ‘But the little girl has amazed her family and doctors by bouncing back and learning how to walk on her prosthetic legs.’
      • ‘The guy showed real character in bouncing back from what could have been a career threatening, drunken escapade.’
      • ‘The Celtic tiger may not be roaring as loudly as it was in its heyday but after five years of falling demand for labour, all the indications are that the market is bouncing back.’
      • ‘Life may be vile to you at the moment, but I'm sure we'll all soon see you bouncing back.’
      • ‘Hong Kong's sickly economy is bouncing back to good health say employers, workers and consumers.’
      • ‘He said Irish and European beef industries showed a striking resilience by bouncing back when the going gets tough.’
      • ‘But maybe we had gone into the game a little bit complacent, thinking that we had done the hard work after bouncing back on Saturday from a defeat.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says the economy is bouncing back.’
      • ‘‘Our early indications are that the economy is bouncing back from the foot and mouth epidemic,’ she said.’
      • ‘They will keep bouncing back, but we need the fans now.’
      • ‘But the miracle tot held on to life, bouncing back from potentially fatal colds, an infection, two blood transfusions and jaundice.’
      • ‘The players, once able to bounce back from setbacks and adversity, are looking more and more like dead men walking.’
      • ‘His determination has always seen him bounce back from setbacks.’
      • ‘Consumer confidence is bouncing back from what was arguably some of its worst readings in years.’
      • ‘Each time he bounces back, but each recovery takes its toll on his authority.’
      recover, revive, rally, make a comeback, take a turn for the better, pick up, be on the mend, be on the road to recovery
      perk up, cheer up, brighten up, become livelier, take heart, be heartened, liven up, take on a new lease of life
      buck up
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    4. 1.4Baseball Hit a ball that bounces before reaching a fielder.
      ‘bouncing out with the bases loaded’
      [with object] ‘bounced a grounder to third’
      • ‘He bounced a routine grounder to Denny Doyle.’
      • ‘The batter bounced a grounder in the direction of the shortstop.’
      • ‘He bounced a grounder under the glove of the shortstop.’
      • ‘With a runner on third and one out, he bounced a routine grounder to the second baseman.’
  • 2(of a person) jump repeatedly up and down, typically on something springy.

    ‘bouncing up and down on the mattress’
    • ‘When I finished, I looked up to find the dance group bouncing around in the center of the room.’
    • ‘She looked over at Andy who was bouncing happily in the driver's seat.’
    • ‘He bounced on the bed happily.’
    • ‘Jesse reached for the phone but Lyssa jumped away, bouncing on top of her bed.’
    • ‘She bounced on the springy seat, playing with the wire puzzle Cinnamon had bought for her.’
    • ‘Her basket no longer swung jauntily from its place at the crook of her elbow, nor did she bounce gaily on the springy moss beneath her feet.’
    • ‘Helena lightly bounced atop the springy mattress, disrupting the smooth surface of the bedding.’
    • ‘But that was where she wanted to be, so off she went, bouncing along the springy floor-’
    • ‘They both kick their shoes off and jump on the bed, bouncing around and screaming and yelling for joy.’
    • ‘She collapsed in a fit of giggles on his king-sized bed, bouncing slightly on the springs.’
    • ‘I was bouncing on my bed happily.’
    • ‘He bounces happily up and down on his piano stool.’
    • ‘He'd just had his bath, and was bouncing around happily in nice fresh pyjamas.’
    • ‘He bounced happily when he sat down at his lover's bed.’
    • ‘Andy was happily bouncing up and down on my legs.’
    • ‘Rebecca jumped in the air bouncing up and down with excitement.’
    • ‘She was jumping around, bouncing from foot to foot.’
    • ‘Ten seconds after that I was happily bouncing up and down and tapping my hands on my desk, I was to full of energy to just sit here!’
    • ‘She walked over and sat on the bed, bouncing up and down happily.’
    • ‘As I bounce happily, I imagine that I am really riding my very own horse through the fields looking for the bad guys.’
    bound, leap, jump, spring, bob, hop, skip, trip, gambol, dance, prance, romp, caper, cavort, frisk, frolic, sport
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    1. 2.1(of a thing) move up and down while remaining essentially in the same position.
      ‘the gangplank bounced under his confident step’
      • ‘The floor vibrated and bounced under my feet.’
      • ‘Roarke hurried up to us, making the bridge bounce and shake, making me squeal, and making a certain hand steady my back.’
      • ‘I stuck my key down into the slot, where it bounced up and down, but did nothing to help start the car.’
      • ‘The stadium swayed and bounced under my feet as the crowd stomped up and down.’
    2. 2.2[with object]Cause (a child) to move lightly up and down on one's knee as a game.
      ‘I remember how you used to bounce me on your knee’
      • ‘The scene changed to a smiling, rosy-cheeked couple who were bouncing a dimply baby on their knees.’
      • ‘Two of his daughters were there, laughing and carrying small children, and he was bouncing a third child on his knees.’
      • ‘Daniel fiddled with his cup and sighed, bouncing his daughter, Grace, on his knee.’
      • ‘Police say the dispute started after one man was seen bouncing another man's 12-year-old daughter on his lap.’
      • ‘They then posed for the cameras in the courtroom, bouncing their brood of young sons on their knees and kissing their wives at length.’
      • ‘You see this old man beaming as he bounces his grandson on his knees, and you think of him 60 years ago as the Wolf, meeting in some farmhouse with the rest of the cell, pistols on the table.’
      • ‘Dad sat down on the bed and bounced Lillie on his knee.’
      • ‘He bounced Sean on his lap several times, laughing and smiling as the baby laughed back.’
      • ‘The girls were all stormy-faced, even Kei and Suna bounced their babies on their knees a less buoyantly than usual.’
      • ‘‘Then don't let Ryan teach her how to do anything,’ I looked at Ryan bouncing Sydney on his knee.’
      • ‘She was still bouncing her child lightly in an attempt to soothe her.’
      • ‘I visited my family, bounced my baby niece on my knee and went to the movies.’
      • ‘Oh, the stories he must tell while bouncing them on his knee.’
      • ‘Then he sat down, put Amanda on his knee, and bounced her up and down.’
      • ‘‘Your papa's coming home,’ she whispered to him for the hundredth time as she bounced him on her knee playfully.’
      • ‘She sat in the kitchen bouncing Anna in her lap.’
      • ‘Claire has just got Haley changed and is sitting downstairs with Jason on the sofa, Jason is bouncing Haley on his knee and she is laughing.’
      • ‘Sitting outside a group of tents closely placed together, she bounced a toddler on her knee.’
      • ‘The baby begins to grow fussy again, so I start bouncing him up and down.’
      • ‘I look forward to bouncing my grandbabies on my knee.’
      • ‘Claire was bouncing the baby up and down on her knee, and making shushing noises.’
      • ‘To see her bouncing a smiling baby on her knee they look like any other happy family.’
      • ‘Your children will grow in a house of suspicion and you will never bounce them upon your knee without wondering if they might one day slip a sword between your ribs!’
      • ‘He bounces a grandchild on his knee.’
      • ‘Donny pictured his young father coming home in his Navy dress uniform and bouncing him up and down on his knee and putting him to bed.’
      • ‘Mrs. Blake sat on the bed and bounced the baby up and down.’
      • ‘Carmen bounced her young daughter on her knee, playing a clapping game.’
    3. 2.3[with adverbial of direction](of a vehicle) move jerkily along a bumpy surface.
      ‘the car bounced down the narrow track’
      • ‘Just then, a cloud of dust formed in the distance as an old automobile came bouncing down the road.’
      • ‘The odd small fishing boat bounces across the surf.’
      • ‘Again an anonymous pair of guards sat and watched me as the carriage bounced and rattled its way through the streets.’
      • ‘It bounced along the rocky surface, sending dust flying and making it even harder to see.’
      • ‘The legacy that we are going to leave our children and our children's children will be a lunar landscape with off-road vehicles bouncing over the hilltops?’
      • ‘The truck bounced wildly along the trail and spun out onto the road.’
      • ‘And as the car bounces down the road, he's quick to seize on another metaphor about the road ahead for his country.’
      • ‘As the bus bounced up to the shelter it occurred to him he'd forgotten to gargle the mouthwash.’
      • ‘With that, the two beaming drivers sped off in their opposite directions - my driver even lifting his hands off the wheel to clap and rub his hands together as the bus bounced down the hill.’
      • ‘A red pick-up truck bounces into the middle of the pitch.’
      • ‘Karen grabbed hold of Benjamin as the wagon bounced over the bumpy road, and the children scooted as close as they could to the front of the wagon.’
      • ‘A truck bounced down the washboard road and stopped in a cloud of dust near the house.’
      • ‘The red automobile bounced down the lane towards the train station.’
      • ‘It's a race car bouncing across a surface far rougher than it was designed for.’
      • ‘A dilapidated cab bounced along a pitch-black dirt road and we could see in the silhouette, large structures shadowed around us.’
      • ‘The carriage bounced down the road, making Darren wonder if he should have waited a little longer after dinner before leaving.’
      • ‘I looked at my bike as the pick up truck bounced down the country road.’
      • ‘Our carriage bounced along that road, and I was sitting across from both of my parents.’
      • ‘She resisted the urge to scream as the car bounced and rattled on the gravel of the farm road.’
      • ‘I watched the fire consume every piece of my life as the cart slowly bounced away down the rough-cut road until even the smoke was gone from view.’
    4. 2.4[with adverbial of direction]Move in an energetic or happy manner.
      ‘Linda bounced in through the open front door’
      • ‘He was bouncing confidently across the floor.’
      • ‘He lives down the road from my lodgings and bounced in unexpectedly during breakfast last week.’
      • ‘He does seem happy as he bounces around me.’
      • ‘She bounced happily into the room, carrying another five rolls of streamers in her arms.’
      • ‘Timmy agreed contentedly, bouncing his way up the stairs.’
      • ‘Happily, I bounce over to the screen and plunk myself down.’
      • ‘She bounced after him happily.’
      • ‘Then she started to walk to the exit with Trevor bouncing behind her.’
      • ‘As I turned, I immediately saw her bouncing happily my way.’
      • ‘Faith bounced over happily to answer it and hugged him tightly.’
      • ‘He is bouncing around in a manner ill-befitting one who has recently consumed so much lager.’
      • ‘Mr Black bounced in, skipping like a four-year-old being taken to a party.’
      • ‘Jenna stood in the doorway, looking overly happy and practically bouncing across the room to the end of the bed.’
      • ‘Dave smiled as he watched her bounce happily up to the counter.’
      • ‘Elaine bounced happily over to a chair and nodded, still yelling Colin's name.’
      • ‘Cassidy chirped happily as she bounced into the room.’
      • ‘Molly led me upstairs, bouncing happily ahead of me, wanting to play.’
      • ‘‘I'm going upstairs to talk to Mama,’ announced Alicia, bouncing up with a spring in her step.’
      • ‘I like the company of other people and, as a performer, I am at my happiest when I'm bouncing around a stage that is very much shared.’
      • ‘Samantha bounced happily over in her black string bikini.’
      • ‘Lynden nodded and bounced happily into the kitchen for dinner.’
      bound, leap, jump, spring, bob, hop, skip, trip, gambol, dance, prance, romp, caper, cavort, frisk, frolic, sport
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  • 3informal (of a check) be returned by a bank when there are insufficient funds to meet it.

    ‘my rent check bounced’
    • ‘Once you give a cheque to someone then they are within their rights to present it, if the funds are not available the cheque will bounce and you will be charged for that.’
    • ‘He owed money, was in and out of overdraft and cheques had bounced.’
    • ‘He bought six calves at market in Skipton and sold them in York before his cheque bounced.’
    • ‘Outstanding checks could bounce before the hold is lifted or you could be prevented from withdrawing money from your account.’
    • ‘Not only could he not access his money, but Citibank also told him any outstanding checks could bounce, potentially tainting his credit.’
    • ‘However, when the financial advisor wrote out cheques, they bounced.’
    • ‘Although he received three checks, all of them bounced in mid-March.’
    • ‘Remind your client that he doesn't want to issue checks that bounce, because it could be a felony.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, they receive a letter about a week later telling them the cheque has bounced.’
    • ‘It bounced because the bank had processed it through the wrong account.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, she lived in constant fear that her own checks might bounce.’
    • ‘The cheque bounced and he was eventually forced to sell his business.’
    • ‘All the cheques bounced because the burglary victim had cancelled the chequebooks.’
    • ‘The bank insists it's doing a service by covering checks and purchases that would otherwise bounce.’
    • ‘Incredibly, her bosses only discovered the cupboard was bare when a cheque for $36,000 bounced.’
    • ‘So, if your monthly repayment is late or your cheque bounces because you don't have enough in your bank account, you'll be fined £25 or so.’
    • ‘Last March, a cheque paid to me from my Royal Bank of Scotland business account for £10,000 bounced.’
    • ‘If you write a check that clears while there's still a hold on your paycheck, it will bounce, triggering hefty overdraft fees.’
    • ‘You may not know you've been victimized until your mortgage check bounces.’
    • ‘But what if that same caller is transferring funds because five checks just bounced or his credit card was stolen?’
    1. 3.1[with object]Write (a check) on insufficient funds.
      ‘I've never bounced a check’
      • ‘She bounced a direct debit in the early days at university, but the bank talked her through budgeting and refunded the charges for missing the direct debit.’
      • ‘Better to monitor your account so you never bounce a check.’
      • ‘The man has an anger management problem, and for a man who is an economist, he shouldn't go bouncing cheques at the supermarkets around town.’
      • ‘Instead of paying me as we contracted (with the money going to charity), they bounced three checks.’
      • ‘If every time you bounce a check, it costs $35, it's going to cost you a lot.’
      • ‘This will undoubtedly cause me to bounce direct debits on a regular basis.’
      • ‘Sometimes they bounced checks to buy groceries - it was a tough situation.’
      • ‘The average low-end customer, whose funds tend to dwindle twice a month before payday, is likely to bounce about eight checks a year.’
      • ‘The company claims he was dismissed for bouncing cheques as well as using the firm's money to pay off his personal debts.’
      • ‘Two years later, he violated parole again, this time by bouncing a check for $300.’
      • ‘If you don't know how much money is in your account, you're much more likely to bounce a check.’
      • ‘Don't get me wrong, I've bounced a few cheques in my time… but never because of a post-dated cheque.’
      • ‘If you miss or bounce a payment, you'll be hit with a fine of, typically, £25.’
      • ‘She was even bouncing checks while her husband was working as a bank officer.’
      • ‘Credit-card firms do the same thing, levying charges of, typically, £30 a time if you exceed your credit limit, pay late or bounce a payment.’
      • ‘I nearly bounced my mortgage cheque, despite the thousands in my account.’
      • ‘Obviously, these firms have a right to charge penalties to cardholders who bounce payments or breach their credit limit.’
      • ‘In France it is illegal to have an unauthorised overdraft - bounce a cheque twice and all your accounts in any French banks will be closed.’
      • ‘Ten years ago I knew I was going to bounce a check, a big check.’
      • ‘Although I've never bounced a check, I never worried about it either.’
  • 4informal [with object] Eject (a troublemaker) forcibly from a nightclub or similar establishment.

    • ‘They immediately bounced him out of the club.’
    • ‘The bouncer very roughly bounced him out of the saloon.’
    • ‘We decided not to tolerate any more and eventually bounced her out.’
    1. 4.1North American Dismiss (someone) from a job.
      ‘those who put in a dismal performance will be bounced from the tour’
      • ‘Maybe the women wanted her to bounce the president out of the White House because he had been disloyal to her.’
      • ‘Could it be that another juror is about to be bounced from the case?’
      • ‘His tendency to bounce directors from post-production is infamous.’
      • ‘If his district doesn't bounce him out of office in the next election, they truly have lost their minds.’
      • ‘He was bounced from the team after testing positive for marijuana.’
      expulsion, ejection, ousting, throwing out, drumming out, driving out, banishing, banishment, removal, dislodgement, displacement, clearance
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  • 1A rebound of a ball or other object.

    ‘a bad bounce caused the ball to get away from the second baseman’
    • ‘He was expecting the ball to take a bounce before it reached him.’
    • ‘We have to accept the bad bounces and just hope you don't find deep rough or one of those thick bushes.’
    • ‘He was unlucky not to get a try, denied by a bad bounce.’
    • ‘Apart from the fact that we got one or two bad bounces of the ball, there wasn't much between the sides.’
    • ‘The ball took a slight bounce, however, and ended in the corner of the net to the keeper's dismay.’
    • ‘The orange ball rebounded off the backboard and gave a few half-hearted bounces on the cement floor before rolling away.’
    • ‘Sometimes the ball gets 16 bounces before he reconciles himself to the idea of serving with it.’
    • ‘The ball took a bounce before he reacted to head it into the net.’
    • ‘I think it was the bounce of the ball that surprised Martin.’
    • ‘The next ball I went to field took a bad bounce and hit me up on the right shoulder.’
    • ‘His nose was broken nine times trying to field ground balls that took unexpected bounces.’
    • ‘The game of wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able bodied tennis except that a wheelchair player is allowed two bounces of the ball.’
    • ‘Caribbean pitches have been criticised recently for having a soft surface and spotty grass cover, creating an uneven bounce of the ball.’
    • ‘With a lucky bounce, the ball bounces into his path and he shins it wide from about 20 yards.’
    • ‘He had to leave the field with a broken nose from a bad bounce.’
    • ‘They went in front after a freak bounce of the ball put it in their opponents net.’
    • ‘The ball rebounded off Henry's back and the bounce deceived both defender and goalkeeper, finding the back of the net in the process.’
    • ‘She completely misjudged the bounce of a high ball with the court apparently at her mercy.’
    • ‘It was clear both were suffering from a few bad bounces and some rather uneven footholds.’
    • ‘On line, with good speed and a favourable bounce, the ball eventually disappeared into the hole.’
    1. 1.1The power of rebounding.
      • ‘On a pitch with increasingly uneven bounce and against a lively Hampshire attack, it was just the sort of innings that an opener should play.’
      • ‘On a pitch with lively bounce, he was once again in majestic form, always getting in line and using clever innovation to beat England's shrewd field placings.’
      • ‘He was such a natural batsman and could adapt so easily to the differing bounce in the pitch.’
      • ‘The regular pitches have cracked and produced uneven bounce.’
      • ‘He could not repeat his Bristol explosiveness, with the slower, variable bounce upsetting his ability to hit cleanly.’
      • ‘In all, 14 of the 17 wickets fell from the Pavilion End, on a pitch offering some uneven bounce.’
      • ‘The bounce is completely different for a start - the ball bounces lower - the points are much faster and it's more tiring on the legs, as you have to bend them more because of the low bounce.’
      • ‘Yes, there wasn't a lot of bounce off the wicket and it was really quite hard to bowl on it.’
      • ‘It implied a pitch of variable bounce on the fourth and fifth day, given the hot conditions.’
      • ‘In essence, it is a style that suits good English-type pitches, where movement off the pitch is minimal and the bounce comfortable.’
      • ‘The tracks in South Africa are fast with a lot of bounce which would favour the pacies.’
      • ‘On a pitch with very little bounce the team batted poorly.’
      • ‘A pitch of consistent bounce and enough pace to hurry the ball on to the bat aided confident strokeplay.’
      • ‘He likes the low bounce and the faster courts and of course he has already proved he can beat some of the best exponents.’
      • ‘They bowled with discipline on a surface lacking in bounce, and fielded with a tigerish resolve to win by eight runs.’
      • ‘He learnt quickly, and kept it on a good length or just short - on a pitch of varying bounce, that was the perfect way to bowl.’
      • ‘There will be some low bounce, though not much help for the fast bowlers.’
      • ‘They were soon in trouble on a pitch of unpredictable bounce.’
      • ‘The bounce tends to get lower and slower at St George's and defending a total is often preferable to chasing.’
      • ‘On a surface a yard slower in pace and lower in bounce than Lord's, he sent down the same old stuff.’
      springiness, spring
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  • 2An act of jumping or an instance of being moved up and down.

    ‘every bounce of the truck brought them into fresh contact’
    ‘a bounce on your knee or a cuddle and pat on the back’
    • ‘She felt some of the strength fade away from her legs, the bounce she tried to inject into her knees feeling slow and sluggish.’
    • ‘For every million photons of light hitting the mirror, only a few are lost with each bounce off this surface.’
    • ‘The older Explorer was always a bit sloppy, dealing its driver and passengers plenty of bounce and shake.’
    • ‘Not wanting to be left behind I did as I was told, ignoring the dull ache caused with every bounce of my tiring body.’
    • ‘Datran tried to sleep like Shrav but the jolts and bounces of the vehicle made it impossible.’
    • ‘I jumped on my bed, and landed with a satisfactory bounce, and just lay there - sprawled and tangled in my blankets.’
    • ‘Cassie jumped off her stage to land with an intimidating bounce.’
    • ‘The new suspension completely overcomes that old Honda tendency towards bounce on rough surfaces, so the car holds on well on bumpy corners.’
    • ‘Bounce Whilst in the push up position, with flexed abs and straight back, begin to do a light and small bounce of the whole body.’
    • ‘Arthur was performed by the perennial Peter Pan of the company, Michael O'Hare, whose steps always have a bounce and energy about them.’
    • ‘His motions were not nearly as smooth, but the gentle bounce in his gait was soothing as he walked down the hallway to a small bedroom at the end.’
    rebound, reflection, ricochet
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    1. 2.1A sudden rise in the level of something.
      ‘economists agree that there could be a bounce in prices next year’
      • ‘The equity market rose 30% from March last year - a bounce many small investors missed.’
      • ‘‘I don't think anything we have seen suggests we are going to see a sudden bounce,’ he said.’
      • ‘But any dollar bounce is likely to prove temporary.’
      • ‘But what was interesting about the bounce was that it was not accompanied by a rise in the corporate bond market.’
      • ‘A small bounce in share prices and the picture will look quite different.’
    2. 2.2Exuberant self-confidence.
      ‘the bounce was now back in Jenny's step’
      • ‘He was relaxed, enthusiastic, full of bounce.’
      • ‘It's got tremendous bounce and energy and shows her passion for the movies as an art and a business.’
      • ‘I walk downstairs with a little more bounce and more confidence than usual.’
      • ‘Then, with a bounce in her step that matched her head of curls, she came out of her office to announce that she was ready.’
      • ‘And it is not clear that he will be sailing into the summer convention with a great deal of brag and bounce.’
      • ‘But there was no bounce and cheerfulness in her voice like there used to be.’
      • ‘He had the same bounce in his step, the same inexhaustible energy and, ironically, the same tendency to laugh at everything I said.’
      vitality, vigour, energy, vivacity, liveliness, life, animation, sparkle, effervescence, exuberance, verve, spiritedness, spirit, enthusiasm, dynamism, fire, ardour, zeal, push, drive
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    3. 2.3Health and body in the hair.
      ‘use conditioner to help hair regain its bounce’
      • ‘If you wear your hair up, leave a few wispy bits to soften the chin, or try long loose hair with a bit of bounce below chin level.’
      • ‘Hairstyle is not just applying a few oils or giving some shine and bounce through a shampoo or changing the hair colour.’
      • ‘It provides lift at the root while adding bounce and elasticity.’
      • ‘It includes two products that work together to hydrate and tone your hair, imparting softness and bounce to natural body.’
      • ‘It is the professional who feels the texture, quality and decides a cut that gives balance and bounce to the hair.’
      • ‘My curls were starting to lose their bounce, so I twisted my hair into a messy bun.’
      • ‘From the light bounce in her honey blonde hair to the depths of her big brown eyes she was perfect.’
      • ‘This will give the curls a lot of sensual bounce and movement.’
      • ‘She attempted to get her curls to regain their bounce, and she managed to do a good job.’


  • bounce an idea off someone

    • informal Share an idea with another person in order to get feedback on it.

      • ‘There will be people to bounce ideas off of, and ideas from others that can be applied to your business as well.’
      • ‘If someone needs to bounce an idea off of someone, another person is able offer honest insight and feedback.’
      • ‘You have to be so close, bouncing ideas off each other.’
      • ‘If you have questions or just want to bounce an idea off us, please give us a call.’
      • ‘It's for people who need that extra ear, are going it alone, or simply need to bounce an idea off a smart group of people.’
      • ‘Have you never bounced an idea off a friend to help you refine it?’
      • ‘This guy also gave me his card and told me to call him if I wanted to bounce an idea off him.’
      • ‘And when you get back to your workplace, bounce your ideas off of your colleagues.’
      • ‘Once you step back and ask these questions, it's wise to have a sounding board to bounce ideas off of.’
      • ‘Mentees need someone to bounce ideas off of, to talk about life, to shoot the breeze.’
  • be bouncing off the walls

    • informal Be full of nervous excitement or agitation.

      • ‘When I walked in the door, Becky was bouncing off the walls.’
      • ‘My students were bouncing off the walls by the time I dismissed them for Christmas break on the 17th of December.’
      • ‘All night the kids were bouncing off the walls, ecstatically excited about visiting the zoo.’
      • ‘‘I'm ecstatic, I haven't stopped talking about it and I'm just bouncing off the walls at the moment,’ said Chris.’
      • ‘I was bouncing off the walls, being very, very energetic.’
      • ‘Davy won his baseball game today and he was bouncing off the walls.’
      • ‘Some days she is bouncing off the walls because she took too many pills; the next all she can do is complain because she took too few.’
      • ‘We'd get totally hyper, and be bouncing off the walls.’
      • ‘If it weren't so early, you'd be bouncing off the walls, and you know it!’
      • ‘Michelle was practically bouncing off the walls when we won.’


Middle English bunsen beat, thump.