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rebound relationship

A romantic relationship that one begins, often as a means of distraction, while still recovering from the end of a different relationship. Oh, Peggy doesn't really love that guy—she's just in a rebound relationship so that she doesn't feel so heartbroken about Pat leaving her.

on the rebound

1. Regaining strength or otherwise recovering well from something. Pundits expect the stock market to be on the rebound this week after last week's sudden slide.
2. Experiencing feelings of unhappiness or grief after a romantic relationship has ended. If you want to start a serious relationship with Mindy, don't ask her out now—she's on the rebound and still cries over her breakup every day.
See also: on, rebound

rebound from something

1. Lit. to bounce back from something. The ball rebounded from the wall and hit Randy hard on the elbow. When the ball rebounded from the backboard, it bounced onto the court and Tom tripped on it.
2. Fig. to recover quickly from something. Barbara rebounded from her illness in less than a week. I hope I can rebound from this cold quickly.
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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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on the rebound

while still affected by the emotional distress caused by the ending of a romantic or sexual relationship.
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on the ˈrebound

while you are sad and confused, especially after a relationship has ended: She married John on the rebound from Geoff. I knew it wouldn’t last.
If a ball rebounds, it bounces back after it has hit a hard surface.
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Therefore, we all agreed that we would reject the null hypothesis that there is no relationship between rebounds and number of points scored in the population.
22) In contrast, another study detected viral rebound in patients within 2 to 3 weeks after interrupting treatment based on either CD4 T cell counts or viral load, though the patients had previously maintained viral suppression for more than 2 years with HAART.
If defense gets the rebound, they rotate to offense.
Among the patients who received a maintenance regimen of indinavir only and rebounded, one possible explanation may be that indinavir monotherapy has suboptimal potency and that viral rebound can occur without resistance to indinavir being present.
Carlos Boozer grabbed the rebound for the Jazz, who never looked back.
After falling behind by 21 points and losing to Phoenix on Wednesday, the Clippers got a chance to rebound against another elite team in the Western Conference that likes to fast break.
Baron Davis registered a triple-double with 24 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.
Lelo, a transfer from Colorado, averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3.
Thomas also finished with eight rebounds and four steals.
4 rebounds, was injured in a loss to Mojave in the regular-season finale.
Kim played sparingly Thursday in the an 81-31 victory over Linfield Christian of Temecula in a Southern Section Division IV-A first-round home game, but managed to dominate with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.
7 defensive rebounds per game also ranks second in the league.
Although Duncan's 23 points and eight rebounds may not look too special, he was pivotal when the Spurs pulled away at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Tulikihihifo, who had a career-high 37 points and 16 rebounds in CSUN's 80-74 double overtime win at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, hit 8-of-16 from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers.
McGowan scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Waves (7-3), who lost their second consecutive game.