verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- a ball that bounces off the backboard or the rim of the basket.
- an instance of gaining hold of such a ball.
- after bouncing off the ground, a wall, etc.: He hit the ball on the rebound.
- after being rejected by another: She didn't really love him; she married him on the rebound.
Origin of rebound
British Dictionary definitions for on the rebound
verb (rɪˈbaʊnd) (intr)
- in the act of springing back
- informal in a state of recovering from rejection, disappointment, etche married her on the rebound from an unhappy love affair
Word Origin for rebound
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)
see on the rebound.