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1. verb, slang To leave or depart. A: "Won't you stay a little longer?" B: "Nah, I had better bounce. I've got an early morning tomorrow." Come on, let's bounce. This party is dead.
2. verb, slang To expel someone (from some place) by force. Hey Tony, bounce this clown outta here, will ya? The boss's goons bounced the man from the office, tossing his briefcase and jacket out after him.
3. verb To write a check for an account that has insufficient funds for the amount being drawn. My ex-husband bounced checks all over the state before he disappeared.
4. verb Of a check, to be returned unpaid due to insufficient funds in the account on which it is being drawn. They told me that they would be shutting off our electricity because my last check bounced. The shop has a display containing every check that has ever bounced so as to name and shame the people who tried paying with them.
5. verb Of a bank, to return an unpaid check due to insufficient funds in the account on which it is being drawn. The bank bounced the check I had been given as payment for my services, meaning I had basically done 40 hours of work for free.
6. noun, informal Energy or vitality; pep. She had a lot of bounce coming out of the meeting after the boss agreed to green light her proposal. I hope Bill's all right. He doesn't seem to have much bounce these days.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. in. [for a check] to be returned from the bank because of insufficient funds. (see also rubber (check).) The check bounced, and I had to pay a penalty fee.
2. tv. to write a bad check. He bounced another one, and this time the bank called him up to warn him about what would happen if he did it again.
3. in. to leave; to depart. It’s late. Let’s bounce.
4. tv. [for a bank] to refuse to honor a check. They bounced another of my checks today.
5. tv. to throw someone out. Willie bounced me, and I ran to my car and beat it.
6. n. pep; energy. I never have any bounce when I wake up early.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
- a dead cat bounce
- bounce (something) back and forth
- bounce along
- bounce an idea off (of) (one)
- bounce an idea off someone
- bounce around
- bounce back
- bounce back and forth
- bounce for (something)
- bounce for something
- bounce into (someone or something)
- bounce off
- bounce off (of) (someone or something)
- bounce off the walls
- bounce out
- bounce something off of someone
- bounce something off someone
- bounce up and down
- bounced check
- dead cat bounce
- deadcat bounce
- get the ax
- more bang for the buck
- on the bounce
- spring for
- spring for something
- that's how (the way) the ball bounces/cookie crumbles
- that's how the ball bounces
- that's how the cookie crumbles
- that's the way the ball bounces
- that's the way the cookie crumbles