verb (used without object), bounced, bounc·ing.
verb (used with object), bounced, bounc·ing.
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Origin of bounce
OTHER WORDS FROM bouncebounce·a·ble, adjectivebounce·a·bly, adverb
Words nearby bounce
British Dictionary definitions for bounce around
Word Origin for bounce
Idioms and Phrases with bounce around (1 of 2)
Move around from one person or place to another. For example, The staff spent the morning bouncing around ideas to improve sales, or She had been bouncing around from one job to another. This term alludes to a ball bouncing among players. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
Treat roughly or unfairly, as in Quit bouncing me around; I won't stand for it. This usage is based on a somewhat earlier meaning of bounce, “to beat up” or “coerce.” ] Slang; c. 1970]
Idioms and Phrases with bounce around (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with bounce
- bounce around
- bounce back
- get the ax (bounce)
- more bounce for the ounce
- that's how the ball bounces