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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 or pronoun can be used 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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HAPPY fox cubs were caught on camera bouncing around on a Cardiff family's trampoline - in a scene that could have been straight out of the John Lewis Christmas advert.
A WALLABY spotted bouncing around a County Durham village is still on the loose - and has a fugitive friend.
To be fair, I don't mind his licking and big round cute puppy eyes, it's a great start to every day waking up and seeing him bouncing around the room like a fluffy firework.
The chestthumping, the fist-pumping, the face contorting "C'mons" and associated yelling and screaming and bouncing around, so horrendously displayed by the European team golfers winning the Ryder Cup; it is all too much.
Rachel Smith, from the RSPCA, said: "Perhaps the fox had been trying to recreate the famous scenes in the John Lewis advert and was bouncing around when he got himself stuck.
People poorly in ambulances lie there bouncing around in the back whilst the driver cannot even avoid the potholes Collette Barlow
He played in the Majors, bouncing around the league for between 1923-1939, but he was a career .243 hitter, and is the inspiration for this ignominious, traditional baseball scouting assessment: "Good field, no hit."
How can I stop my toy show dog bouncing around uncontrollably when she is lifted down from the examination table in the show ring?
In talking about his 'bouncing baby girl,' he added, 'Ayun, pag-alis ko ng ospital, lumulumadag-lundag pa rin (When I left the hospital, she was still bouncing around).'
And Roberts says his fellow centre Jonathan Davies is "bouncing around the place" ahead of a probable Test match return.
"George will be bouncing around like a rabbit" - The Duke of Cambridge predicts how his son will respond to Christmas.
The benefits are almost too obvious to mention: no more downtime repairing flat tires and much less bouncing around, which is a big-time back saver.
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.