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bounce around

1. Of an object, to move erratically with repeated hops into the air. The rubber ball bounced around before finally rolling into the wall.
2. Of a person, to move or change between several different things, such as jobs or places. Well, since I graduated from school, I've just been bouncing around, working any job I can get. That player has bounced around a lot in his short career—in three years, he's already been on five teams!
3. To discuss something with other people by mentioning it informally, in passing, or at various times. In this usage, a noun can come between "bounce" and "around." I bounced around the idea of becoming an actress with many people before discussing it with my parents. Hey, let's bounce your idea around the office to see if anyone wants to join our team.
4. To circulate widely. News of my suspension sure bounced around fast—the whole school already knows about it.
See also: around, bounce

bounce something around (with someone)

to discuss something with a number of people; to move an idea from person to person like a ball. I need to bounce this around with my family. I need to bounce around something with you.
See also: around, bounce

bounce around

1. Move around from one person or place to another. For example, The staff spent the morning bouncing around ideas to improve sales, or She had been bouncing around from one job to another. This term alludes to a ball bouncing among players. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
2. Treat roughly or unfairly, as in Quit bouncing me around; I won't stand for it. This usage is based on a somewhat earlier meaning of bounce, "to beat up" or "coerce." ] Slang; c. 1970]
See also: around, bounce

bounce around

v.
1. To rebound repeatedly in various directions: The ball landed in my bedroom and bounced around, knocking over a vase on the shelf.
2. To cause something to rebound in various directions: Don't bounce the basketball around in the living room! Let's go outside and bounce around my new rubber ball.
3. To move about energetically or restlessly in various directions: The scared mouse bounced around all over the room. The kids are bouncing around in the back seat of the car.
4. To discuss something with a number of people: I bounced my new idea around at the meeting, and some people gave me some very interesting comments on it.
5. To circulate among a number of people. Used of a name, word, or idea: That rumor has been bouncing around here for years.
See also: around, bounce
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He has comeback in and is bouncing around h l d the place, ready to go.
The Duke said he foresaw a few sleepless nights, joking: "Well, if I get any sleep on Christmas Eve it'll be good, because George will be bouncing around like a rabbit.
We noticed all the flashlights bouncing around on Savage Field and, being curious, turned in.
According to the report, pictures uploaded via social media showed the ball bouncing around in stormy conditions before the morning rush hour.
The bumpy Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal had resulted in the car bouncing around to such a hideous extent that neither Button nor teammate Sergio Perez finished in the top ten, ending McLaren's 64-race recordbreaking run in the points.
We're not even sure what the spot is advertising, but it features Pam and some other scandalous looking woman wearing metallic bathing suits, bouncing around, and getting milk thrown at them.
WE all drive around and many of us have seen children in the back or front seats bouncing around like little kangaroos.
But back at his hotel, they bumped into the rest of JLS and the night ended watching hyperactive Aston bouncing around the lobby.
Leaping from one amplifier to the next, when she wasn't bouncing around like an idiot, she was leading the end-of-gig stage invasion - which involved a long-haired hippie and a few girls who looked as if they took the wrong turning for the bar.
But no reflexive or mental training can prepare you for the sight of Wayne helplessly bouncing around like a rag doll three times in a row (after a cheap attack), only to get more missiles dropped on his head or eat a faceful of rolling tank just as you regain control of him.
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If the pump discharge pressure is too low or is bouncing around and/or there is oil coming out of the reservoir vent, you have contaminated the oil with water.
Loosely defined, controlled demolition is the taking down of a building in a safe manner that allows the debris generated to be under the control of the demolition contractor as much as possible and not bouncing around the job site.
I haven't done a great deal with him this week, but I hadn't intended to anyway, and he is bouncing around at the moment.
If it rides up in back, there's excess fabric or you're bouncing around, the bra's too big.