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rebound relationship

A romantic relationship that one begins, often as a means of distraction, while still recovering from the end of a different relationship. Oh, Peggy doesn't really love that guy—she's just in a rebound relationship so that she doesn't feel so heartbroken about Pat leaving her.

on the rebound

1. Regaining strength or otherwise recovering well from something. Pundits expect the stock market to be on the rebound this week after last week's sudden slide.
2. Experiencing feelings of unhappiness or grief after a romantic relationship has ended. If you want to start a serious relationship with Mindy, don't ask her out now—she's on the rebound and still cries over her breakup every day.
See also: on, rebound

rebound from something

 
1. Lit. to bounce back from something. The ball rebounded from the wall and hit Randy hard on the elbow. When the ball rebounded from the backboard, it bounced onto the court and Tom tripped on it.
2. Fig. to recover quickly from something. Barbara rebounded from her illness in less than a week. I hope I can rebound from this cold quickly.
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on the rebound

Reacting to or recovering from an unhappy experience, especially the end of a love affair. For example, A month after breaking up with Larry, Jane got engaged to Bob, a classic case of being on the rebound . This metaphoric term, alluding to the bouncing back of a ball, has been used in the present sense since the mid-1800s, although rebound alone had been used figuratively for much longer.
See also: on, rebound