bounce off (of) (someone or something)

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bounce off (of) (someone or something)

1. Of a thing, to deflect or reflect off of a surface. I caught the rubber ball when it bounced off the wall. The light bouncing off of that mirror is blinding me—can we close the curtains?
2. Of a person, to tell something to someone in order to solicit feedback about it. In this usage, a noun comes between "bounce" and "off." I bounced the idea of becoming an actress off of my friends before discussing it with my parents. Hey, can I bounce something off of you guys?
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bounce something off (of) someone or something

1. Lit. to make something rebound off someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) She bounced the ball off the wall, turned, and tossed it to Wally. She bounced the ball off of Harry, into the wastebasket.
2. and bounce something off Fig. to try an idea or concept out on someone or a group. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Let me bounce off this idea, if I may. Can I bounce something off of you people, while you're here?
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bounce off (of something)

to rebound from something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The ball bounced off the wall and struck a lamp. It hit the wall and bounced off.
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bounce off

1. To cause something to rebound from something: She bounced the tennis ball off the wall.
2. To rebound from something or someone: The basketball hit the rim and bounced off.
3. To present some idea or thought to someone for comment or approval: I have been thinking about what we should do next, so let me bounce a few ideas off you.
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bounce something off (of) someone

tv. to try out an idea on someone; to get someone’s opinion of an idea. Let me bounce this off of you.
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bounce something off someone

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Dowler bounced off the bed as abruptly as an India-rubber ball, and rushing into the front room, arrived at one window just as Mr.
I gave the self-evident answer that I should be a ruined man, upon which he jumped from his chair, reproved me for my habitual levity, which made it impossible for him to discuss any reasonable subject in my presence, and bounced off out of the room to dress for a Masonic meeting.
A VERY stout, puffy man, in buckskins and Hessian boots, with several immense neckcloths that rose almost to his nose, with a red striped waistcoat and an apple green coat with steel buttons almost as large as crown pieces (it was the morning costume of a dandy or blood of those days) was reading the paper by the fire when the two girls entered, and bounced off his arm-chair, and blushed excessively, and hid his entire face almost in his neckcloths at this apparition.
Mrs Varden merely replied that she had no patience with him, and bounced off after the other two.
s last three-point attempt bounced off the rim as Justin Brownlee tried his hardest to challenge the shot.
Some of the X-rays produced by these episodes then bounced off gas clouds about thirty to a hundred light years away from the black hole, similar to how the sound from a person's voice can bounce off canyon walls.
The trick allows researchers to create an image of something using light that never bounced off the actual object.
CALLS made to a mobile phone linked to a murder accused bounced off a mast near the scene on the day of the killing.
I pulled it and luckily it bounced off the rocks just under the sea wall into the bunker and I got up and down from there.
Last October, Chris van Rossman's TV set sent out a cry for help that bounced off two satellites and reached Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
The second bounced off the seafloor and reached the ship 4 seconds after the ship had sent out the sound.
An excellent way to accomplish this when ceiling heights are sufficient (generally a minimum of 8'6", preferably 9', for indirect lighting) is through cove or indirect light that is bounced off the ceiling.
It bounced off the window, but the other driver was forced to take evasive action and veered down a slip road.
A hammer throw, which bounced off the grass and skimmed off our head without actually denting it, as we sat petrified on the photographers bench.