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bounce around

1. Of an object, to move erratically with repeated hops into the air. The rubber ball bounced around before finally rolling into the wall.
2. Of a person, to move or change between several different things, such as jobs or places. Well, since I graduated from school, I've just been bouncing around, working any job I can get. That player has bounced around a lot in his short career—in three years, he's already been on five teams!
3. To discuss something with other people by mentioning it informally, in passing, or at various times. In this usage, a noun can come between "bounce" and "around." I bounced around the idea of becoming an actress with many people before discussing it with my parents. Hey, let's bounce your idea around the office to see if anyone wants to join our team.
4. To circulate widely. News of my suspension sure bounced around fast—the whole school already knows about it.
See also: around, bounce

bounce something around (with someone)

to discuss something with a number of people; to move an idea from person to person like a ball. I need to bounce this around with my family. I need to bounce around something with you.
See also: around, bounce

bounce around

1. 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]
2. 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]
See also: around, bounce

bounce around

v.
1. To rebound repeatedly in various directions: The ball landed in my bedroom and bounced around, knocking over a vase on the shelf.
2. To cause something to rebound in various directions: Don't bounce the basketball around in the living room! Let's go outside and bounce around my new rubber ball.
3. To move about energetically or restlessly in various directions: The scared mouse bounced around all over the room. The kids are bouncing around in the back seat of the car.
4. To discuss something with a number of people: I bounced my new idea around at the meeting, and some people gave me some very interesting comments on it.
5. To circulate among a number of people. Used of a name, word, or idea: That rumor has been bouncing around here for years.
See also: around, bounce
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The theater company had bounced around the West Valley since its founding in 1985, and its artistic producing director was again shopping for a lease when he approached his colleague on the Valley Cultural Center board.
After being evicted from my apartment, I bounced around from one friend's house to another until I decided it was time to get things in order.
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At certain times only one screen was illuminated, at other times visual rhymes and aural rhythms bounced around two or three screens.
We bounced around a few ideas and it was very positive.
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A job for a diecast impeller for an automobile transmission had bounced around several foundries over the last few years because nobody could produce it at an acceptable scrap rate.
Right now many people are getting frustrated and don't get the help they deserve because they just keep getting bounced around from agency to agency.
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Straight out of small-town, corn-belt America, she's the good churchy woman who swore she was transformed into an insatiable sex machine after being bounced around in a San Francisco cable car accident.
Although Krystava was found more than two years ago - just two days after going missing - the electronic appeal kept being bounced around the globe.
To be fair, there are some effectively rendered scenes of this addiction: Gia disturbingly blank-faced as she takes her first snort of heroin in the backseat of a limo; Gia's mother (realistically played by Mercedes Ruehl, though with an inexplicable Marge-from-Fargo accent) torn in ten directions when she tells her strung-out daughter that she cannot move back home; Gia trying to score smack on the street and being bounced around like a pinball between sadistic dealers.