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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.
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on the rebound

while still affected by the emotional distress caused by the ending of a romantic or sexual relationship.
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on the ˈrebound

while you are sad and confused, especially after a relationship has ended: She married John on the rebound from Geoff. I knew it wouldn’t last.
If a ball rebounds, it bounces back after it has hit a hard surface.
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Among the patients who received a maintenance regimen of indinavir only and rebounded, one possible explanation may be that indinavir monotherapy has suboptimal potency and that viral rebound can occur without resistance to indinavir being present.
The question posed is whether patients rebounded due to resistance or the suboptimal potency of the maintenance regimen.
Kidd rebounded from a listless first half to finish with a rare triple-double in the Finals.
The Knights (7-1), who rebounded from their first loss of the season Thursday, were paced by Josh Smith (10 points) and Michael Luderer (13 points) as they took an eight-point lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
Camarillo 64, Santa Clara 40: Led by sisters Gillian (20 points) and Courtney (11 points) Lillich, the host Scorpions rebounded from their first loss of the season to improve to 4-1.
After opening the season with a 82-77 loss to Oxnard on Friday, the Antelope Valley College men's basketball team rebounded with two victories - 71-56 over Cuyamaca on Saturday and a 100-65 rout of Edwards Air Force Base on Sunday - in the Safeway Tipoff Tournament in Victorville.