bounce back and forth

bounce (something) back and forth

1. Literally, for two or more people to bounce something, typically a ball, between them. It's nice to see the kids out in the back yard bouncing a ball back and forth.
2. To discuss something. I bounced the idea of becoming an actress back and forth with many people before discussing it with my parents.
3. To consider or change between several options. In this usage, a noun is not usually used between "bounce" and "back and forth." No, I haven't settled on a college yet—I'm still bouncing back and forth between a few options.
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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.
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.
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.
The photons emitted by excited atoms bounce back and forth between two mirrors, inducing additional atoms to emit light of the same wavelength.