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

v.
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.
See also: bounce, off
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Their goal was a bit lucky - it's bounced off one of their players and Bird has an easy finish.
Bounced off one tackle early on before horrific collision with Italy's Andrea Masi saw him carried off on a stretcher in the 13th minute
After his solo set, El Far3i bounced off one of Palestine's finest, Boikutt.
Beevers clutched Stephen Gleeson's 20-yarder but Walsall went close again through Alex Nicholls, Manny Smith powered a header just over then Claude Gnapka's shot left David Martin helpless but bounced off one post before hitting the other and agonisingly staying out.
He was a little frustrated and shoved his bat in the corner, and it knocked around and bounced off one or two other bats and hit the pane of glass," he said.
Matt was a little frustrated and shoved his bat in the corner and it knocked around, bounced off one or two other bats, and then hit the pane of glass.
Spontaneous and scheduled, their zany banter and jokes bounced off one another, on and off stage and at their parties.
From a scrum on the visitors' 22, Pratt blazed through a gap, bounced off one defender and then offloaded to second rower Sharpe, who sold a dummy outside and plunged over the line for his fourth (and most valuable) try of the season.
On the next faceoff, Fitchburg won it but the puck bounced off one of its players' skates and onto the stick of Corriveault.
Talkin' football: Oregon had a turnover against USC when a short punt bounced off one of the Ducks.
The strong cast bounced off one another with ease and comedy Brummie accents as the farce gathered momentum in this play of mixed identities and romance.
And he was stunned when his shot-in-a-million bounced off one of the other group's balls and cannoned into the hole for an incredible eagle two.
Ure says that everything he does is bounced off one thing - music - but he is not a fan of today's craze for creating pop acts on TV shows, such as Popstars or Pop Idol.
My data bits were being beamed up through a satellite dish, and bounced off one of the geostationary telecommunication satellites, to earthbound dishes, routers, and landlines.