bounce back and forth

bounce something back and forth

 
1. Lit. to bat, toss, or throw something alternately between two people. (Usually a ball.) The two guys bounced the ball back and forth. John and Timmy bounced it back and forth.
2. Fig. to discuss an idea back and forth among a group of people. Let's bounce these ideas back and forth awhile and see what we come up with. The idea was bounced back and forth for about an hour.
See also: and, back, bounce, forth
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The spring-loaded targets bounce back and forth on impact.
When the player first blows into the instrument, a wave of air begins to bounce back and forth through the length of the tube.
Now, actors can bounce back and forth from TV to film much more freely.
As the waves bounce back and forth through the upper sand layer, waves of a certain frequency (number of vibrations per second) become amplified, or louder, explains Hunt.
At each end of the stack, partially reflective crystal surfaces cause many of those photons to bounce back and forth.
Yet each system affects the design of the other, which means vehicle prototypes bounce back and forth as we try to fix the problems caused by changes the other guy made in his system.
Finally, in cyberspace we don't just have text, we have hypertext, and readers can bounce back and forth between biblical texts, commentaries, and ancient maps, accessing an encyclopedia of resources at the touch of a keypad.
12, 1998--The 1998 Discovery Channel Eco-Challenge, an unassisted 7- to 10-day expedition competition currently winding to a close in Morocco, North Africa, continues to play home to two California teams -- Team Epinephrine who, following six days of competition, continues to bounce back and forth among the top ten contenders; and Team Rubicon, whose fierce competitive skills and strong motivation keeps them among only 40 teams remaining on this secret course through the High Atlas Mountains.
Both are aided by Ako - a tiny, winged spirit with the power to bounce back and forth between eras.
Once released, light photons bounce back and forth between the laser tube's two mirrors (see diagram, upper left).
These ions bounce back and forth in the tangled field, accelerating to energies high enough to emit X rays, Petre and Lisse suggest.
Garner was one of the few actors who managed to gracefully bounce back and forth from TV to such distinguished movies as ``The Americanization of Emily.
The photons emitted by excited atoms bounce back and forth between two mirrors, inducing additional atoms to emit light of the same wavelength.