rebound

[ verb ri-bound, ree-bound; noun ree-bound, ri-bound ]
/ verb rɪˈbaʊnd, ˈriˈbaʊnd; noun ˈriˌbaʊnd, rɪˈbaʊnd /
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to cause to bound back; cast back.
Basketball. to gain hold of (a rebound): The guard rebounded the ball in backcourt.

noun

Idioms

    on the rebound,
    1. after bouncing off the ground, a wall, etc.: He hit the ball on the rebound.
    2. after being rejected by another: She didn't really love him; she married him on the rebound.

Origin of rebound

1300–50; Middle English (v.) < Middle French rebondir, equivalent to Old French re- re- + bondir to bound2
Can be confusedrebound redound resound
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British Dictionary definitions for on the rebound

rebound


verb (rɪˈbaʊnd) (intr)

to spring back, as from a sudden impact
to misfire, esp so as to hurt the perpetratorthe plan rebounded

noun (ˈriːbaʊnd)

the act or an instance of rebounding
on the rebound
  1. in the act of springing back
  2. informal in a state of recovering from rejection, disappointment, etche married her on the rebound from an unhappy love affair

Word Origin for rebound

C14: from Old French rebondir, from re- + bondir to bound ²
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Idioms and Phrases with on the rebound (1 of 2)

on the rebound


Reacting to or recovering from an unhappy experience, especially the end of a love affair. For example, A month after breaking up with Larry, Jane got engaged to Bob, a classic case of being on the rebound. This metaphoric term, alluding to the bouncing back of a ball, has been used in the present sense since the mid-1800s, although rebound alone had been used figuratively for much longer.

Idioms and Phrases with on the rebound (2 of 2)

rebound


see on the rebound.

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