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rebound

[verb ri-bound, ree-bound; noun ree-bound, ri-bound]
verb (used without object)
  1. to bound or spring back from force of impact.
  2. to recover, as from ill health or discouragement.
  3. Basketball. to gain hold of rebounds: a forward who rebounds well off the offensive board.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to bound back; cast back.
  2. Basketball. to gain hold of (a rebound): The guard rebounded the ball in backcourt.
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noun
  1. the act of rebounding; recoil.
  2. Basketball.
    1. a ball that bounces off the backboard or the rim of the basket.
    2. an instance of gaining hold of such a ball.
  3. Ice Hockey. a puck that bounces off the gear or person of a goalkeeper attempting to make a save.
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Idioms
  1. 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.
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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)
  1. to spring back, as from a sudden impact
  2. to misfire, esp so as to hurt the perpetratorthe plan rebounded
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noun (ˈriːbaʊnd)
  1. the act or an instance of rebounding
  2. on the rebound
    1. in the act of springing back
    2. informalin a state of recovering from rejection, disappointment, etche married her on the rebound from an unhappy love affair
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French rebondir, from re- + bondir to bound ²
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Word Origin and History for on the rebound

rebound

n.

1520s, in reference to a ball, from rebound (v.). Sense in basketball from 1920 (from 1917 in ice hockey). Meaning "period of reaction or renewed activity after disturbance" is from 1570s.

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rebound

v.

late 14c., "to spring, leap," also "return to afflict" (early 15c.), from Old French rebondir "leap back, resound; repulse, push back," from re- "back" (see re-) + bondir "leap, bound" (see bound (v.)). Sense of "to spring back from force of impact" is recorded from late 14c. Sports use probably first in tennis; basketball sense is attested from 1914. Related: Rebounded; rebounding.

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Idioms and Phrases with on the rebound

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.

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rebound

see on the rebound.

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